Falcons confirm Hayman’s move to Toulon

Newcastle Falcons have confirmed that Carl Hayman will leave the club at the end of the current season to join French side Toulon.

 

The 30-year-old prop has made a total of 60 appearances for the Falcons since joining in November 2007.

Club chairman Dave Thompson said: “Carl has given outstanding service to Newcastle Falcons during his time here.


“We held numerous serious discussions about extending his stay with us and made him our best possible offer, but ultimately we respect his decision and wish him every success for the future.


“Carl remains 100% committed to the Falcons for the remainder of the season, and as club captain continues to have a vital role in firstly maintaining our Guinness Premiership status, and secondly helping us to achieve our ambitions of Heineken Cup rugby for next season.


“I am sure all Falcons fans would join me in thanking Carl for his outstanding efforts in representing the people of the North-East during his time with us, and in wishing him well at his future destination.”


Insisting that plans are already in place for life after Hayman, Thompson said: “Clearly this leaves us with a considerable gap to fill, but Steve Bates and his coaching team have already identified and engaged with a number of potential targets.


“That process remains ongoing, but we are in advanced talks aimed at bringing in an international quality replacement to continue building on the solid forward foundations here at Kingston Park.”


Falcons director of rugby, Steve Bates, said: “Carl has been an outstanding player and leader for us during his time at the club.


“Naturally it is a blow that he will not be with us following the end of his current contract, but he is absolutely committed to the club until the last ball is kicked this season. As well as our Guinness Premiership campaign that also includes a home European quarter-final against Cardiff Blues, and as club captain he is really leading that charge through his own example.


“I would like to thank Carl for all of his efforts during his three seasons with the club, and wish him all the best for his new challenge over in France, where I am sure he will be a great success.”


Speaking after the announcement of his new deal in France, Hayman said: “This has been one of the hardest decisions of my life.


“I have enjoyed my time immensely here at Newcastle Falcons, a great club blessed with fantastic supporters. I’ve found a real affinity with the area, the culture and the people here in Newcastle, both from a rugby and a personal point of view.


“I would like to thank the club for being so professional in the way they have allowed me the time to make my decision, my team mates for the manner in which they have welcomed me and the Falcons fans for the affection they have always shown during my time at the club.


“Most importantly I would like to stress that I remain absolutely committed to the Falcons until the end of the current season, both in terms of securing our Guinness Premiership position and then also our dream of achieving a Heineken Cup place for next season. My focus will not waiver from those targets at all between now and the summer, and everybody at the club is pulling together enormously to ensure a strong finish to the campaign.”

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