A visibly emotional Mike Brown has revealed he is being released by a club for the second successive season after Newcastle decided not to extend his contact.
The England international joined Newcastle Falcons last summer after failing to win a new deal with Harlequins.
“It’s not poor me, but it’s the side of professional sport that a lot of people don’t see,” said the 36-year-old.
“It was an hour in the car park sat on my own.
“Speaking about the group of players who are at Newcastle, the amount of support I got from them was unbelievable. They were brilliant for me.
“If it was just me, I wouldn’t have emotion, I don’t think,” he added.
“It’s when you’ve got to go home and tell your wife that you’ve got to move again.
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“So it’s hard.”
Former teammate Ugo Monye believes that Worcester Warriors would be the perfect next club with Steve Diamond looking to stamp his flavour on the team at Sixways.
“I think Worcester would be a great fit for Browny (Mike Brown) with what Diamond is trying to build down there. That wouldn’t surprise me.”
A return to Harlequins has also been mooted, but ruck sources suggest that would be very unlikely.
Transfer Round-Up: Cipriani heads north, Exeter lose third lock, two in and one out at Bath
Thursday’s midweek rugby transfer round-up.
STAYING: Edinburgh have agreed terms on a contract extension with 22-year-old openside flanker Connor Boyle, for the now customary undisclosed length of time. FULL STORY
SIGNED: Dragons have signed Wales-qualified Bath centre Max Clark for the 2022-23 season on a long-term deal. FULL STORY
ADDITION: The Dragons have signed Welsh-qualified forward Sean Lonsdale from Exeter on a long-term deal. FULL STORY
SIGNED: Munster full-back Matt Gallagher will join Bath-bound coaches Johann van Graan and JP Ferreira at the English Premiership side from next season and the club declared they are confident he can “reach his full potential.” FULL STORY
RE-SIGNED: Leinster and Ireland internationals Jordan Larmour, Caelan Doris, and Tommy O’Brien have all signed new deals with the Irish province. FULL STORY