Albion squad complete with lock Beukeboom
CANADIAN lock Brett Beukeboom returns to Plymouth Albion today and will complete James Shanahan's 2013/14 squad.
Beukeboom has been waiting for a visa to head back to Brickfields for a second season after playing for his country this summer in the Pacific Nations Cup.
Also returning to training at Albion today is dual-registered Exeter lock Will Carrick-Smith, who has spent the last four months playing in Australia.
With new prop Tom Harrison having arrived at Albion on Wednesday from a spell in New Zealand, Shanahan now has all his players together in time for the club's first pre-season game next Saturday.
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Shanahan is looking forward to seeing all three of the club's pre-season fixtures.
The Albion head coach had hoped to have Beukeboom back in Plymouth earlier but his return was delayed, as he had to wait for his visa.
However, Shanahan was expecting him to return to Canada for their World Cup qualifying matches against the USA this month.
But Beukeboom has not been selected for those fixtures, meaning he can play for Albion.
"He was not selected for those games," said Shanahan. "I'm sure he's gutted, but it is good for us. If he had been selected he would probably not have been back until September.
"I don't know Brett so it's good to have him for five weeks pre-season."
On Beukeboom's delayed return, Shanahan said: "We were told all the paperwork was correct, it was just waiting for them to get around to it. Aaron Carpenter had the same issue as well.
"Brett had the international games and he has still been training, but I'm looking forward to seeing him."
Shanahan added: "Tom (Harrison) trained on Wednesday. He was a bit jet-lagged having just flown in from New Zealand but he trained well.
"It's good to have Tom in and Will Carrick-Smith is back from Australia and will be training from today.
"Depending on the Chiefs' needs, we should see Will in pre-season."
Exeter Chiefs scrum-half Rob Coote will also be dual-registered with Albion.
Meanwhile, Shanahan admits he has not yet made a decision on who will captain his side in the Championship next season.
Sean-Michael Stephen was captain for the majority of last season, but scrum-half Ruairi Cushion took on the role towards the end of the 2012/13 campaign.
The experienced Rhys Oakley has arrived at the club this summer and he could be a contender as could any of the new arrivals.
"I've not really thought about it (who will be captain)," said Shanahan.
"I'll probably make my decision after the Worcester and Redruth (pre-season) games.
"We have definitely got options. Quite a few players have put their hands up as leaders.
"We may have a club captain and a matchday captain."
FORMER Albion and Cornish Pirates loanee James Tyas has joined National One side Coventry following his release from Bath.
Tyas could feature against Albion in pre-season when a joint Coventry-Worcester side visit Brickfields on August 23.