Newcastle Falcons announce the signing of former Sale Sharks wing Tom Arscott.
Arscott will join the Falcons ahead of the 2018/19 season making his return to England's top flight after his dismissal from Sale Sharks two seasons ago for misconduct.
Brother of Bristol's Luke Arscott, Tom was dismissed from his squad spot with Sale following the alleged passing of game plan information to his brother ahead of the two sides’ Premiership clash. Tom has spent the last few years with Yorkshire Carnegie in the Championship and French side Rouen in National 3 Group Normandy.
The 30-year-old has made 104 appearances in the Premiership and scored 29 tries with time spent with Worcester Warriors and Sale.
Excited by the prospect of joining the Premiership’s most northerly club, Arscott said: “It’s a league I always wanted to return to, and I feel I have something to offer Newcastle.
“With the way things were left at Sale Sharks I was desperate to get the opportunity come back to the Premiership and prove myself a little bit, and thankfully Dean has given me that chance.
“Newcastle are having an awesome season on the back of an encouraging one the year before, the club is going in the right direction and I’ve enjoyed watching their games on the TV from over in France.
“The players who have been brought in and retained over the last three or four years firmly suggest that this is a club doing the right things, and that was a massive attraction. I’m ambitious, I want to push myself with some of the best back three players in the Premiership and I’m looking forward to getting started.”
A regular try-scorer for Rouen during his time with the French club, Arscott said: “With the way things finished up at Sale it was good to get away from the UK and just put things to one side, but I’ve been desperate to come back.
“It has been bittersweet in the sense that Rouen has been great and I’ve enjoyed my time there, but I always knew the Premiership was where I really wanted to be. I’m desperate to be in that environment, I have a massive hunger within me to prove myself here and I know I’ll be alongside great players.
“I can learn a huge amount from the guys who are here, I feel I also have a bit to pass on to some of the guys and overall it’s just a move which feels right. I’m joining a club who are doing the right things and it’s also a lovely part of the world.”
Newcastle Falcons director of rugby Dean Richards said: “Tom is a proven performer at Premiership level over a long period of time, he knows his way to the try-line and he suits the way we want to play.
“Whether that be at wing, full-back or even outside centre doesn’t matter, but it’s great news for the club that we have been able to bring him on board.”