Centre Pete Lucock has become Newcastle Falcons’ third signing of the summer as the club continues to prepare for the 2020-21 Gallagher Premiership season.
The 27-year-old arrives from Doncaster Knights on a three-year deal, having risen through the ranks with Yorkshire Carnegie.
Lucock joined the Headingley outfit at the age of 14, making his first team debut at 17 and going on to play 163 times for the club, where he won Player of the Season and earned selection for the Championship Dream Team.
“Pete has been an outstanding performer for a number of years now and fully deserves this opportunity,” said Newcastle boss Dean Richards.
“He joins a very competitive squad which is coming together nicely ahead of the new season, and I believe he has the quality to bring out the best in the players around him.”
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Here are five players who could also pull on the white jersey in the near future:
1. Ruan Ackermann – Gloucester (South Africa)
His Dad Johan Ackermann, who departed as Gloucester boss for Japan earlier this month, confirmed that his son will be staying with the Cherry & Whites to persue international honours, and has already been in contact with Eddie Jones. The imposing number eight qualify for England on residency grounds in August 2020 — just four months before World Rugby’s new eligibility laws kick in.