- Newcastle Falcons and Bristol Rugby make signings from top flight
- Leeds Carnegie secure Stevie McColl on new one-year deal
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RFU Championship clubs have continued to strengthen their squads over the last week with Newcastle Falcons and Bristol Rugby making high-profile signings from the Aviva Premiership.
League leaders Falcons have signed centre Adam Powell from Saracens, while Bristol have signed Sale Shark utility back Charlie Amesbury.
Powell signed a contract with Newcastle in February, but was immediately loaned back to Saracens until the conclusion of the LV= Cup.
Following Saracens’ defeat to Sale, the loan agreement between the clubs has come to an end, and Powell is free to join the Championship club immediately.
Powell will be available for selection for Falcons’ game against Nottingham when the sides meet on Friday, March 22.
Newcastle Director of Rugby, Dean Richards, said: “It was agreed when we brought Adam on board that we would help Sarries out during their LV= Cup campaign by loaning him back to them before the transfer deadline.
“Now their cup run is over, I am delighted to be able to publicly welcome Adam to Kingston Park.
“He is a quality player and a solid acquisition to our midfield as we prepare for the end of season play-offs and the final push towards our ultimate goal of a return to the Premiership.”
Amesbury heads to Bristol
Meanwhile, Bristol Rugby’s new acquisition Amesbury is due to join up with the squad ahead of the 2013/14 RFU Championship campaign.
The pacy England Sevens international – who graduated through the Harlequins Academy – has two tries in 13 outings for Sale Sharks this season.
Bristol Head Coach, Liam Middleton, said: “Charlie has impressed me in the Aviva Premiership this season, I’m very pleased to be able to bring him to Bristol Rugby.
“He is a real attacking threat with the ball in hand, has good acceleration and an impressive ability to bust tackles and beat defenders.
“Charlie is hungry for success and is a great character who will fit well into the club environment.
"He will provide genuine quality to the crop of exciting backs that we are developing within the club.”
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Amesbury is Bristol’s sixth signing ahead of the new campaign, and is confident he can help his new side push on from recent disappointments.
He said: “I’m excited about joining Bristol – a club that is clearly building for the future.
“Liam [Middleton] impressed me with the style of rugby and type of culture that he is building there.
“There is lots that I want to achieve in my career and I’m confident I’m coming to a place where I can develop my game and help Bristol achieve Aviva Premiership status.”
Leeds Carnegie have also extended full back Stevie McColl’s deal after he decided to stay at Headingley Carnegie for another season.
The 24-year-old had previously been given permission to speak to other clubs, but has since decided his future lies with the Yorkshire club.
Leeds Carnegie Head Coach, Diccon Edwards, said: “We are delighted that Stevie has signed a new contract.
“We made no secret of the fact that we wanted to keep him here but we fully understand his need to explore the market with him about to start a new family with his wife, who is due to have twins any day.
“However, Stevie is excited about what we are doing here and I think that speaks volumes about the commitment within this group as he joins a number of players to have signed new contracts.”