Multiple Premiership title winner Nathan Earle has joined the Newcastle Falcons on a two-year contract, speaking of “exciting times” ahead at Kingston Park Stadium.
The 26-year-old winger has scored four tries in five league appearances this season for the Harlequins, recently crowned Gallagher Premiership champions, having also won the championship with the Saracens.
A seasoned finisher who has toured with England, Earle has scored 23 tries in his 53 Premiership appearances, plus four more in 13 European appearances.
A test scorer for the Saracens in their 2017 Premiership final victory over the Chiefs of Exeter, the 6-foot-2 star also scored on his England debut in the non-selection game against the Barbarians the same year. .
The former England U20 and 18 wing even won the New Zealand provincial national championship with Canterbury in 2016, scoring in the final, and the Hong Kong-born outfielder is already eager to start at Tyneside.
“I am really excited to join Newcastle and look forward to getting back into the preseason on July 19,” said Earle.
“My little brother and my best friend were both at Newcastle University so I’ve been there many times and I get a sense of what this place is like.”
Revealing the role played by rugby director Dean Richards in luring him to the North East, he added: “I’ve had a few positive conversations with Dean, and it’s really his whole outlook that has me. led to believe this was the best option for me.
“I feel like Newcastle is somewhere that is going to be exciting next season, and obviously I will have familiar faces like Mike Brown who is doing the same, and Tom Penny, who I played with the previous season. when he came to Quins.
“I would like to think that I am a bit of an experienced practitioner now, and I hope I can help what is already an incredibly dangerous back three.
“The Falcons have a lot of quality there, and we can really continue next season. I don’t think we’re a team at the bottom of the ladder, and it’s just an exciting prospect to be up there.
Reflecting on a season that saw him get in shape for the Harlequins before missing the highlight of their winning season with injury, Earle said: “This is the second time I’ve left a team after that they just won the Premiership title, and even though I was injured for the semi-final and the final, it was still a great time to be part of it.
“Those two games were probably two of the best knockout games the league has ever seen, and it was great that we did it playing Quins style.
“It was great for the boys who got to play but after a few days of celebration I am now looking forward and excited to become a Newcastle Falcons player.”
Falcons boss Richards echoed that enthusiasm as he said: “Nathan is someone who has scored tries and won trophies wherever he is, and I am delighted to have been able to bring him to Newcastle. .
“He’s another good English player who adds to what is already a competitive team, and I can’t wait to see the impact he can have for us.”