Veteran Andy Goode and youngster Jamie Booth join Newcastle Falcons’ ranks on short-term deals to cover for injuries to key players
Goode boasts 229 appearances and 2,228 points to date
Booth joins Falcons from Manawatu Turbos in New Zealand with a growing reputation after enjoying a stellar 2015
Newcastle Falcons Director of Rugby Dean Richards’ has bolstered his fly-half options with the addition of veteran Andy Goode and youngster Jamie Booth this morning on short-term deals.
Falcons boss Dean Richards said: “We’re delighted to welcome Andy and Jamie, although there is obviously disappointment that they come through injuries to Mike and Ruki.
“With those two unavailable for the immediate future, the chance to bring in additional players of the quality of Andy and Jamie to supplement what we have here was a great opportunity.
“Andy is known quantity and will bring a huge amount of experience while Jamie has been impressing a lot of people over in New Zealand and has the opportunity to do the same here”
Veteran kicker Goode made his Premiership debut in 1998 for Leicester Tigers and had since gone on to make 229 appearances and score 2,228 points before hanging up his boots at the end of last season.
Capped 17 times by England, the 35-year-old though has been called to the forefront of professional rugby once again as the Falcons look to battle through their current injury crisis.
Meanwhile, Booth joins Falcons from Manawatu Turbos in New Zealand with a growing reputation after enjoying a stellar 2015.
The 21-year-old impressed in the domestic ITM Cup, and has earned the opportunity to train as part of the wider training squad of Super 15 franchises Hurricanes and Blues on the strength of those displays.