Leeds Carnegie sign two Newcastle Falcons players

Rugby Football Union Championship side Leeds Carnegie have announced the signing of two players from the Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the Newcastle Falcons, with Chris Pilgrim and James Fitzpatrick both putting pen to paper to a deal that will see them drop a division at the start of the new season.

Scrum half Pilgrim and centre Fitzpatrick have been considered as surplus to requirements for Dean Richards at Kingston Park and although they still could have played a huge role in shaping the future of the club, the Falcons decided to let them leave the club as they sought more first team rugby.

Both the players have agreed two years contracts with Leeds Carnegie that will begin at the start of the new season in 2014/15 but Fitzpatrick will join the Championship later this month on a preliminary loan deal to give their Championship challenge some much needed push.

The 28 year old Pilgrim played for Nottingham before he made the move to the Newcastle Falcons back in 2009 but he has failed to establish himself as a first team regular in the following five years.

Fitzpatrick, on the other hand, joined the Falcons the following season after a string of impressive displays for local clubs which brought him to attention of major clubs in the country with the North East side winning his signature.

Still only 26 years old, Fitzpatrick could become the long term solution for Leeds Carnegie at centre and if they do not manage to claim the Championship and return to the Premiership this season, they can build a side around them for the new season to give their chances of returning to the top flight a boost.

But whether they can make the grade at their new club is something only time will tell.