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Falcons lure Burrell back to union

LUTHER BURRELL said he had “no regrets” about his ill-fated code switch to rugby league as he sealed a 15-a-side return with Newcastle Falcons yesterday.

Newcastle, who have gained promotion to the Premiership, announced a two-year deal for the former England and Northampton centre.

Burrell, 32, joined Super League club Warrington on a two-and-a-half-year contract in 2019, but recently left after receiving limited first-team opportunities.

He still said that the switch had been a positive experience.

“Playing rugby league is something I had always wanted to do, and in some ways it has definitely helped me,” he said yesterday.

“My endurance, fitness levels and aspects of my skill set are definitely better as a result of my time with Warrington, and rugby league guys really pride themselves on doing the unseen work. I’ve bought into that.”

Burrell became Newcastle’s seventh signing ahead of their top-flight return in November.

“I’ve not shied away from the fact I want to be back in rugby union, so to get signed up with a quality club like Newcastle is fantastic,” he said.

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