Newcastle Falcons have continued their policy of snapping up the best talent the RFU Championship has to offer – Leeds lock Calum Green their latest addition for next season.
The 23-year-old lock has Premiership experience from his time at Leicester Tigers, and has spent the past two seasons helping Leeds into promotion contention.
The Norwich-born forward has made 35 starts and a further three bench appearances for the Headingley club, and will join former Leeds team-mate Dom Barrow at Kingston Park next season.
A former England cap at Under-20s level, Green said: “Newcastle is an exciting challenge for me and it will be great to team up with Dom Barrow again, a player I know very well from his days at Leeds.
“I have enjoyed my time at Leeds, and I will be doing everything I can to help them in the end of season Championship play-offs.”
Newcastle director of rugby Dean Richards added: “Calum is a fantastic signing.
“He has already shown that he is more than capable of performing in the Aviva Premiership during his time with Leicester, and I’m delighted that he has made the decision to move to Newcastle.
“His strong displays for Leeds over the last two seasons have really caught our eye, and he is at a good age with an amazing amount of potential.”
Green joins Bristol scrum-half Ruki Tipuna and Rotherham centre Juan Pablo Socino in being Newcastle’s confirmed three signings for next term, Chris Pilgrim and James Fitzpatrick the only confirmed leavers as they prepare to join Leeds in the summer.
The Falcons travel to London Irish on Sunday hoping to end their worst ever run in Premiership history, having lost their last 12 games in the competition since beating the Exiles at the end of October.