Newcastle sign Scott Lawson, Phil Godman and Fraser McKenzie for 2013-14 season
Last Updated: April 22, 2013 9:07am
Phil Godman: One of three new signings for Newcastle
Newcastle have signed Scotland internationals Scott Lawson and Phil Godman and lock Fraser McKenzie for next season.
Hooker Lawson joins from London Irish, fly-half Godman from London Scottish and McKenzie will switch from Sale Sharks.
Newcastle are hot favourites to win promotion to the Aviva Premiership in the Championship play-offs.
Falcons boss Dean Richards said: "We have recruited three top quality players as we continue to build a strong squad for next season.
"Scott and Phil will bring considerable experience to the club to complement our current crop of youngsters, and Fraser is a fantastic signing, who will add firepower to the pack."
Lawson, who played for Glasgow and Gloucester before switching to Irish, told the Newcastle website: "I am really excited at the prospect of moving to the North East and playing for Newcastle Falcons, a club that has big plans.
"Dean Richards explained the club's vision to me before I signed, and looking at the coaching set-up which includes Graham Steadman, who I know from my days in the Scotland fold, I cannot wait to get started.
"I will be travelling up to watch the play-offs when they begin, so it will be nice to get a feel for the place."
Godman is returning for a second spell at Kingston Park, having played for them between 2002 and 2004, before leaving for Edinburgh.
"From my time with Newcastle I understand the passion for rugby throughout the region," said Godman.
McKenzie, 25, has played for Scotland at U19, U20 and 'A' level. He said: "There are exciting times ahead for Newcastle and I want to be a part of it.
"Dean's reputation speaks for itself, and the fact that he and John Wells are at the club is a big pull for me as I feel they can make me a better player."