Super League: Lee Smith departs Wakefield Wildcats for Newcastle Falcons
Last Updated: 10/02/14 6:50pm
Lee Smith: Signed for Newcastle after being released by Wakefield
Utility back Lee Smith has switched codes again and joined Newcastle Falcons after being released from the remainder of his contract with Wakefield Wildcats.
The 27-year-old has moved to the Falcons until the end of the 2014/15 campaign having spent 18 months with the Wildcats.
It will be his second spell in rugby union after a stint with Wasps in 2009/10 during which he made only one appearance for the club.
"I'd like to thank Michael Carter and the club for agreeing to release me from the remainder of my contract to take up this opportunity."
Smith was part of the Leeds Grand Final-winning teams in 2007, 2008 and 2009 and he returned to the Rhinos after leaving Wasps.
He initially joined Wakefield on loan from Leeds before signing a full-time deal for 2013, scoring 14 tries and kicking 57 goals in 33 Super League appearances for the Wildcats.
Smith said: "I'd like to thank Michael Carter and the club for agreeing to release me from the remainder of my contract to take up this opportunity.
"I'm honoured to have played for a great club over the past 18 months and thank Richard Agar and his coaching staff for all they've done for me during my time at Wakefield.
"The fans have been good to me and finally, I'd like to thank all the players for making the last 18 months really enjoyable. I've come into the club with a smile on my face every day and that means a lot."
Newcastle director of rugby Dean Richards said: "Lee is a quality signing for the club and is a proven try scorer at the highest level in rugby league.
"I'm confident that he can replicate his talent in the 15-aside code, and I'm very much looking forward to seeing him in action in the Aviva Premiership."
Meanwhile, the Falcons have also tied up a deal for Ian Nagle, 25, who moves to Kingston Park on a three month loan basis.
The Buttevant lock joins his former Munster colleague and fellow academy graduate Danny Barnes who signed with Falcons last summer.
Munster head coach Rob Penney said: "Newcastle, who are currently struck with injuries, made contact with a request and we were happy to accommodate them with a short-term loan.
"Ian departs with our best wishes and we believe it will be a beneficial experience for him."