MARK Wilson believes Newcastle new boy Adam Powell can be the Falcons’ top gun after an eventful introduction to life on Tyneside.
The Saracens centre is the latest signing for the Championship leaders and was thrown straight into the deep end on day one at his new club.
Wilson revealed: “I think he had a bit of a shock in his first training session.
“It wasn’t at Kingston Park or Druid Park where we normally train and it wasn’t even in the gym.
“It didn’t involve any rugby balls, just a lot of pain and sweat.
“It was actually on the Town Moor in the middle of Newcastle, which our strength and conditioning coaches like to use occasionally because there is a big hill in the middle of it!
“We were basically beasted on this hill for a full afternoon in an absolutely brutal session and you could see Adam kind of scratching his head and wondering if we did this every day.
“In fairness, the coaches only tend to use it in pre-season or during a week where we don’t have a game, but he wasn’t to know that and none of the lads were about to tell him!”
As if an afternoon of lung-bursting torture was not enough, then came the hard part.
Wilson added: “You have to sing a song for the lads when you first join the club and everyone gets round in a huddle with you in the centre of it.
“Adam could hardly draw any breath after being flogged on the Town Moor, and so you can imagine how difficult it was for him to belt out a tune.
“Far play to him, though, he gave it a good go, and it was a decent rendition of You’ve lost that loving feeling from the Top Gun soundtrack, all things considered.”
The 26-year-old centre has not been signed for his vocal talents - rather an eight-year career which has already seen England Saxons recognition and more than 130 appearances for Saracens.
Wilson said: “It is early days at the moment so we haven’t had too much chance to see him in action, but he looks a top player and has had a great spell at Saracens.
“He has fitted right into the squad and there is no reason why he can’t have similar success with the Falcons.”
One of three signings made by director of rugby Dean Richards ahead of the March registration deadline, Powell joins Northampton wing Noah Cato and Leicester prop Kieran Brookes, both of whom featured in last week’s 17-15 victory over Bedford.
The Cumbrian flanker said: “Noah popped up with the winning try, which was a good way to introduce himself. said the Cumbrian flanker.
“I am sure we will see more of him as the season goes on, and then with Kieran I think everyone knows what they are getting from his first spell with the club.
“He had half an hour against Bedford, and he just never takes a backward step.
“He is full of power and intent when he carries the ball and is just one of those guys who is good to have around.
“Looking at the three of them, it has just refreshed the squad.
“It is a heck of a long season in the Championship with the play-offs not coming until May and getting new guys in who can improve the squad has just given everybody a lift at the right time.”
Already 26 points clear at the top of the league and assured of top seeding for the semi-finals, should Newcastle achieve their anticipated promotion they will have the added side-line of competing for the JP Morgan Premiership Sevens title they won in 2011.
Denied the chance to defend their crown by last year’s protracted relegation saga, the draw for the 2013 event will take place on Monday at Saracens.