Wilson returns home to Newcastle

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:43
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NEWS: Bath Rugby confirmed that tighthead prop David Wilson has joined Newcastle Falcons with immediate effect.

The England international has returned to his home town club, signing for Newcastle Falcons seven years after leaving for Bath.

Capped 44 times by England, the 31-year-old  has signed on a permanent basis with the Newcastle Falcons.

Bath are saddened to see Wilson leave, however having received a request from the player to return to his home town of Newcastle, have agreed to release him from his contract.

Wilson said: "I’m really thankful to Bath for everything they have done for me throughout my career, and for understanding my request to leave. I’ve had a fantastic seven years here, have worked with some great people and made lifelong friends. Bath is a great club and I’m sad to be leaving, but know it’s the right decision at this moment in time,"

Bath Director of Rugby, Todd Blackadder, added: "We’re obviously really sad to see [Wilson] go, but totally understand his request. I’ve not known him long, but [Wilson] is a fantastic character, and he’s been a great servant to the club in the time he’s been here. We wish him all the very best at Newcastle, and I’m sure he’ll get a warm welcome whenever he comes back to the Rec,"

Delighted to have landed his man, Newcastle Falcons Director of Rugby Dean Richards said: "This is a signing which underlines our ambitious plans for the club and our commitment to providing a platform for homegrown players.

"[Wilson] is someone I have long admired, he is from the area and his playing qualities are obvious. He has a wealth of Premiership and international experience under his belt and he will make a significant contribution to the improvements we are working towards.

"He understands what Newcastle Falcons means to people in this region, his scrummaging and all-round understanding of the game is fantastic and with Davey on board we have added absolute top quality ability in such a key area of the field," Richards added.

Source: bathrugby.com & newcastlefalcons.co.uk

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