Newcastle Falcons have received a hammer blow ahead of their return to the Gallagher Premiership after it was confirmed Sinoti Sinoti has left the club with immediate effect.
The Samoan international, who has legs like a water buffalo, has made 110 appearances since joining in 2014, his side-stepping and power-packed contact skills making him a popular figure with the Falcons faithful.
Dotting down 23 tries for the club, including the Premiership’s Try of the Season against Exeter Chiefs in 2017-18, the former Toulon and Aironi man departs with the thanks and best wishes of everyone associated with Newcastle Falcons.
Thanking Newcastle Falcons and their supporters, Sinoti said: “For almost eight years Newcastle has been my home, the Falcons have been my club and my team-mates have been my brothers.
“I have given everything I could as a player, and every time I put that jersey on it was done with nothing but pride and passion.
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“Some people may love me as a player and some may not, but I hope that whether or not you like my style of play I have left a good impression as a person, and that people respect me as a man.
“I am grateful for my time here, I am grateful for the relationships I have built with supporters, staff, players and everyone at the club. I am nothing but grateful for it all.
“Sinoti, Tooning out!”
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2. Jerry Collins & Sinoti Sinoti
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