Tom’s ready to prove a point with the Fal­cons

STAR JOINS CLUB ‘DO­ING RIGHT THINGS’

The Chronicle - - Rugby Union -

NEW­CAS­TLE Fal­cons have an­nounced the sign­ing of ex­pe­ri­enced Pre­mier­ship per­former Tom Arscott from next sea­son.

The 30-year-old has scored 29 tries in his 104 Pre­mier­ship ap­pear­ances, play­ing pre­dom­i­nantly at wing and full-back but with the abil­ity to also slot into the cen­tres.

Arscott joins from French club Rouen where he has been play­ing un­der the tute­lage of Richard Hill, the man who was at the helm when he made his Pre­mier­ship de­but for Bristol back in 2007.

Go­ing on to play top-flight rugby with Worces­ter Warriors, London Welsh and Sale Sharks, the Ply­mouth-born player adds fur­ther fin­ish­ing power and ex­pe­ri­ence to a Fal­cons squad which has been mak­ing great strides in re­cent years.

Ex­cited by the prospect of join­ing the Pre­mier­ship’s most northerly club, Arscott said: “It’s a league I al­ways wanted to re­turn to, and I feel I have some­thing to of­fer New­cas­tle.

“With the way things were left at Sale Sharks I was des­per­ate to get the op­por­tu­nity come back to the Pre­mier­ship and prove my­self a lit­tle bit, and thank­fully Dean has given me that chance.

“New­cas­tle are hav­ing an awe­some sea­son on the back of an en­cour­ag­ing one the year be­fore, the club is go­ing in the right di­rec­tion and I’ve en­joyed watch­ing their games on the TV from over in France.

“The play­ers who have been brought in and re­tained over the last three or four years firmly sug­gest that this is a club do­ing the right things, and that was a mas­sive at­trac­tion. I’m am­bi­tious, I want to push my­self with some of the best back three play­ers in the Pre­mier­ship and I’m look­ing for­ward to get­ting started.” A reg­u­lar try-scorer for Rouen dur­ing his time with the French club, Arscott said: “With the way things fin­ished up at Sale it was good to get away from the UK and just put things to one side, but I’ve been des­per­ate to come back. It has been bit­ter­sweet in the sense that Rouen has been great and I’ve en­joyed my time there, but I al­ways knew the Pre­mier­ship was where I re­ally wanted to be. I’m des­per­ate to be in that en­vi­ron­ment, I have a mas­sive hunger within me to prove my­self here and I know I’ll be along­side great play­ers. “I can learn a huge amount from the guys who are here, I feel I also have a bit to pass on to some of the guys and over­all it’s just a move which feels right. I’m join­ing a club who are do­ing the right things and it’s also a lovely part of the world.” New­cas­tle Fal­cons di­rec­tor of rugby Dean Richards said: “Tom is a proven per­former at Pre­mier­ship level over a long pe­riod of time. “He knows his way to the try-line and he suits the way we want to play. “Whether that be at wing, full-back or even out­side cen­tre doesn’t mat­ter. But it’s great news for the club that we have been able to bring him on board.”

Tom is a proven per­former...he knows his way to the try-line and suits the way we play Dean Richards, left

Tom Arscott in ac­tion for Sale Sharks. The star is de­lighted to be back in the Premier­ship

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