Transfer News: Goneva secures move back to Premiership


Newcastle Falcons have confirmed that Fijian winger Vereniki Goneva has signed for Harlequins.

The 35-year-old spent three seasons with the Falcons after joining from Leicester Tigers, director of rugby Dean Richards saying: “Niki leaves with the thanks and best wishes of everyone at the club.

“He has made a great contribution during his time here, and we wish him all the very best for his move down to Harlequins.”

Head of Rugby Paul Gustard commented: “It’s a real coup for us to secure the signing of Niki to bolster our squad from next season. With Tim’s retirement at the end of last season we have been looking to bring in quality to supplement our very exciting young wingers in Gabs and Cadan, and there is no doubt Niki is real quality. 

“Pundits and media alike have commented on his age consistently over the last few years but it is of no concern to me for I have seen one of his passports and it said he was only 28 so we are happy! 

“His mixture of strength and speed, coupled with his experience and his continued determination and desire to succeed will complement the strengths of our current players. He has been a success wherever he has been because he is talented and competitive but primarily because he is positive and a good human being. We welcome him and his partner Raijeli to the Club.”

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