Falcon Fearn believes his side can avoid the drop

Scarborough-born Newcastle prop Darren Fearn (centre) still thinks the Kingston Park club can stay in the Aviva Premiership

Scarborough-born Newcastle prop Darren Fearn (centre) still thinks the Kingston Park club can stay in the Aviva Premiership

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NEWCASTLE Falcons prop Darren Fearn believes the club can complete a superb turnaround and avoid the drop from the Aviva Premiership.

Scarborough-born Falcons man Fearn thinks the Kingston Park club, guided by a new coaching set-up at the club with coach Alan Tait, currently on gardening leave, can avoid relegation, despite them sitting eight points adrift at the bottom.

The club have drafted in Gary Gold, South Africa’s assistant coach at the World Cup, as well as former England coaches Mike Ford and John Wells, and Fearn believes the trio can steer the club to safety following their last four games.

Fearn said: “The new coaches who have come in are all awesome.

“They’re all big names in rugby union and all have fantastic knowledge of the game.

“It is going to be very difficult for us to stay up, but everyone is pulling together to do their best for the club.

“I firmly believe we can stay up this season.

“We have four games left and need at least eight points, but we know we can do it.

“The lads played well in the last game against Worcester and were unlucky to lose. I really thought we were going to win that one, but we need to keep going.”

Fearn expects the club to prosper under the stewardship of former Harlequins coach Dean Richards next season.

Richards will take on the role of Director of Rugby come the end of the season, and Fearn had massive respect for him.

He added: “It is brilliant for the club that Dean Richards is joining up as director of rugby.

“Dean is a good coach and anyone who has worked under him has said positive things about him.”

Fearn also believes that Scarborough RUFC will go from strength to strength next season, calling on the club to take advantage of the knowledge of the club’s players of former years.

He added: “The club have the potential to challenge next season with the team they have. Tom Harrison has been a good signing for them and having Billy Parker back in there next year will be a boost.

“The likes of Mike Holder, who is a quality coach, certainly help. They should call on former players’ experience there.”