The former England international Andy Goode has come out of retirement to help solve Newcastle’s half-back injury crisis.
The 35-year-old fly-half, who scored 2,228 Premiership points during spells with Leicester, Saracens, Worcester and Wasps, has signed a three-month deal at Kingston Park.
The exciting 21-year-old scrum-half Jamie Booth has also agreed a three-month deal to join from Manawatu Turbos following injuries to Mike Delany and Ruki Tipuna, both of whom are expected to be out until the spring.
Dean Richards, Newcastle’s director of rugby, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Andy and Jamie to Kingston Park, although there is obviously disappointment that they come through injuries to Mike and Ruki. With those two unavailable to us for the immediate future, the opportunity to bring in additional players of the quality of Andy and Jamie, to supplement what we already have here, was a great opportunity”
“Andy is a known quantity and will bring a huge amount of experience while Jamie has been impressing a lot of people over in New Zealand and has the opportunity to do the same here at Kingston Park.”
Both players will report for training with immediate effect and will be in contention to make their club debuts at home against Bath on Saturday afternoon.
The half back pairing have been ruled out through injuries and are not expected back until the spring, with Richards moving to ensure the club continue to have options available in these two positions.