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 Richards 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.”