Newcastle Falcons have signed Steve Jones from Border Reivers on a two-year deal.
The 24-year-old can play at either fly-half or full-back and returns to Kingston Park having spent three seasons with the Falcons academy while studying at Northumbria University.
Jones made 17 Magners League and four Heineken Cup appearances for the Borders this season, scoring 32 points.
Born in Ashington, Northumberland, he represented England at Under-18 and Under-19 level before changing allegiance to Scotland, for whom he played in the IRB Under-21s World Cup.
After three years with the Falcons academy, Jones tried his hand at the 13-man game by joining Super League side Huddersfield Giants, before returning to union with the Reivers last summer.
Falcons director of rugby John Fletcher, said: "Steve is someone I know very well from his time with us as a youngster and he has always been a very talented player.
"He offers us quality at both fly-half and full-back, as well as a good goal-kicking option, which will be vital for us, especially during the international windows when we can expect to be without Jonny Wilkinson and Toby Flood for periods of time."
Jones said: "Newcastle has always been an exciting club and, with the current squad building for the future, I'm looking forward to being part of it again."
Meanwhile, Wilkinson, Flood and fellow Falcon Mathew Tait are expected to be included in a severely depleted England squad to tour South Africa which coach Brian Ashton will announce today.
The 32-man party head for Johannesburg on May 15 with England facing the Springboks in Bloemfontein 11 days later and Pretoria on June 2, and Ashton has already confirmed players from Leicester, Wasps and Bath will not travel.
All three clubs are involved in European finals the weekend before England's opening Test against their principal World Cup pool rivals.
Leicester and Wasps clash in the first all-English Heineken Cup final on May 20, while Bath meet European Challenge Cup opponents Clermont Auvergne the previous evening.
Including injured players Mike Tindall, Tim Payne, James Forrester and Olly Morgan, Ashton is without more than 30 men for the two-week trip.
Others staying at home are Martin Corry, Phil Vickery, Joe Worsley, Julian White, Harry Ellis, Lewis Moody, Josh Lewsey and Danny Grewcock, while uncertainty surrounds Mike Catt - the leading tour captaincy candidate - due to a back problem.