Falcons give Beattie a second chance
June 21, 2007
Former Scotland international Ross Beattie has rejoined former club Newcastle following the demise of Border Reivers.
The 29-year-old number eight came through the Falcons Academy before moving on to Bristol and then having stints with Northampton and Newport Gwent Dragons.
Beattie had been under contract with the Reivers but the franchise was disbanded by the Scottish Rugby Union and Glasgow were unwilling to take him on due to injury concerns.
Beattie, who has nine Scotland caps, has had a number of injury problems throughout his career and will initially join Newcastle on a non-contract basis.
Falcons director of rugby John Fletcher said: ``Ross has been training with us for a month already and shown a huge desire to represent the Falcons again, so by starting the season with us it allows the chance for him to state his case for a contract in the first few months of the campaign.
``Our medical team has been liaising closely with its counterparts in Scotland, and we are satisfied that Ross will be with us for the next few months before we review the situation in November and potentially offer him a contract.''
Beattie added: ``You don't realise how much you miss something until it's taken away from you, and having been away from Newcastle for a number of years people who know me will know how much it means to me to finally be back and have this chance.
``John Fletcher has been very open with me and we both know what the score is. My part of the bargain is to be in the best possible condition to play, and to put my case forward on the field.''
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