A DEVELOPER is building links with a rugby club based near one of its new housing estates.

Taylor Wimpey has partnered with Mowden Park RFC to sponsor the club’s winger, Shaun McCartney.

The club, which is just a short distance from the house-builder’s Millfields housing development in Darlington, uses the player sponsorship to fund Mr McCartney’s kit, club membership and RFU insurance for the season.

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Mr McCartney, 21, said the money has been “invaluable” and Debbie Whittingham, sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey North Yorkshire added: “With Millfields in close proximity to Mowden Park, and some of the players even living at one of our developments’, we felt it was a great opportunity for a partnership.

“The club is a vital part of the local community and we’re delighted to be sponsoring Shaun, who’s already having a successful season.”