Darren Fearn has left Kingston Park outfit Newcastle Falcons to join Championship side Bedford Blues.
Prop Fearn, 23, was offered the chance to stay at the Falcons, but insists he wants to play more first team rugby, and Bedford offers a better chance of achieving that.
Fearn said: “I leave Newcastle on great terms, but I need to play more rugby and I had to leave to get that.
“They still see me as a bit of a young prospect and I want to start playing more regularly, so I knew I had to move.
“Bedford are a club with a great reputation and fan base, and when I went down to meet their coach Mike Rayer, I knew I wanted to join them.
“It seemed like everyone knew him and that rugby is a big deal there. I just can’t wait to get started now.”
The former Pindar school pupil is currently enjoying a well-deserved break in Scarborough before he moves down to his new club next weekend.
Fearn added: “I want to start well and impress in pre-season so I am putting in a lot of hard work now.
“Nick Ingham and Compass have sorted me out so I’d like thank them, that’s a great help for me.
“I’m looking to make one of those first-team spots my own as soon as possible and start playing rugby, but I know there’s a lot of hard work yet to do if I want to do that.”
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