THE Dragons have bulked up their pack for next season by making imposing London Irish lock George Nott their sixth signing.

The 25-year-old from Llandudno, who helped the Exiles to the quarter-finals of the European Challenge Cup last weekend, is heading for Rodney Parade this summer on a deal that is at least two seasons long.

The 6ft 6ins forward was raised in north Wales but played for England Under-20s after going to school in Chester and coming through the ranks at Sale Sharks.

He moved to London Irish in 2019 and has been a regular, racking up 61 appearances over the past three seasons.

Nott follows Ospreys loosehead Rhodri Jones, Ulster hooker Bradley Roberts, Exeter lock Sean Lonsdale, Clermont fly-half JJ Hanrahan and Bath centre Max Clark in signing for the Dragons.

“I’m really excited to come back to Wales and join up with the Dragons,” said the forward, who is hunting Premiership Cup and Challenge Cup glory with Irish.

“The Dragons are building a great squad and I’m proud to be a part of it. It’s a new challenge for me and I’m eager to get stuck in and contribute.

“That being said, I’ve loved my time at London Irish and I’m fully committed to helping the team win some silverware before my departure.”

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He is the second Welsh-qualified second row forward to agree to head to Rodney Parade after the signing of Exeter’s Lonsdale.

Director of rugby Dean Ryan is keen to add more depth and heft in the boilerhouse, especially when without the Wales duo Will Rowlands and Ben Carter.

Joe Davies is also under contract for 2022/23 but Joe Maksymiw, who arrived from Connacht two years ago, is heading for the exit after the new signings.

Ryan said: “We’re pleased to sign George and bring another Welsh qualified player back home.

“George has made a positive contribution at Sale Sharks and London Irish and is a great fit for the squad we are developing.

“His return to Wales ensures he’s in the eye of the national selectors and he is determined to make a big impression with the Dragons.”

There will be a big turnover this summer as Ryan reshapes his roster after a disappointing 2021/22. The recruitment drive is not over with the boss aiming for a more concentrated squad.