Manning set for Newcastle
Fly-half makes switch from Munster
Last Updated: 03/06/10 8:55am
Manning: Off to the Falcons
Newcastle Falcons have ended their long search to bolster their fly-half options with the signing of New Zealander Jeremy Manning.
"After a lot of hard work and research Jeremy emerged right at the top of that list, and from there it was actually pretty seamless getting him on board because he really wants to be at this club."
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The 24-year-old makes the switch from Munster and will provide competition for the No.10 jersey to Jimmy Gopperth and Tom Catterick.
And with Catterick set to miss the start of the 2010-11 season as he recovers from surgery, Newcastle coach Alan Tait admitted signing a quality fly-half had been a priority.
"Tom is having an operation on his shoulder which means he will miss the start of the season, and we would have egg on our faces if we did not look to protect ourselves in that department," said Tait.
"We put the feelers out and were inundated with fly halves from all over the world, from the Championship, Premiership, Celtic League and everywhere you can possibly think of.
"After a lot of hard work and research Jeremy emerged right at the top of that list, and from there it was actually pretty seamless getting him on board because he really wants to be at this club.
"He's at a good age, he wants a new challenge after five years at Munster and he recognises that Newcastle Falcons is a place where he can continue to progress his career."
Munster made 50 appearances for Munster, while he represented New Zealand Schools and Ireland Students.