Aviva Premiership
Gopperth deal boosts Falcons
ESPNscrum Staff
February 3, 2012
Newcastle's Jimmy Goppert kicks for goal against Toulon, Newcastle Falcons v Toulon, Amlin Challenge Cup, Kingston Park, Newcastle, England, December 8, 2011
Jimmy Gopperth has agreed a new three-year deal with Newcastle © Getty Images

Jimmy Gopperth has inked a new three-year deal with Aviva Premiership strugglers Newcastle, ending speculation about his playing future.

The 28-year-old Kiwi fly-half, a former Hurricanes and Blues representative during his time in Super Rugby, knocked back several offers in order to re-sign with the Falcons, who are attempting to overturn a nine-point deficit at the bottom of the table.

Newcastle will attempt the feat under a new coaching team - Gary Gold, John Wells and Mike Ford - and the retention of Gopperth, a two-time winner of the Premiership's Golden Boot, is a major boost.

"I have been humbled by the offers from other clubs, however I feel that I have unfinished business here," Gopperth said. "Furthermore I very much want to be part of what I believe is going to be an amazing journey here at Newcastle.

"I whole-heartedly believe that we have a great squad here. The team environment is second to none and I am excited to see what we as a team can produce going forward."

Gold expects further good news on the contract front, adding: "I know full-well that there were a host of other clubs after his signature.

"He is an internationally renowned player who has made his intensions clearly known and it is a massive step forward for the club. I think you are going to see a couple more talented Falcons players signing new deals in the next few weeks too."

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