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Newcastle Falcons seal deal for Rikki Sheriffe

Rikki Sheriffe
Sheriffe scored 33 tries in 94 Super League matches

Former Bradford Bulls winger Rikki Sheriffe has switched codes to join Newcastle Falcons.

The 26-year-old, who was a free agent after leaving the Bulls at the end of the last Super League season, has agreed a two-year deal.

Sheriffe told the club website: "Falcons are an ambitious club and I'm delighted to get the opportunity to move up here.

"I'm focused on getting myself fully fit and hope I can take my chance."

Sheriffe, who has also had spells with Halifax and Harlequins, scored 33 tries in 94 Super League appearances.

The Bradford-born player joins former Leeds Rhinos winger Danny Williams, and coaches Alan Tait and Paul Moriarty among the league alumni at Kingston Park.

He's an awesome try-scorer, and although it's a different sport you can't take that off people, that pace and power

Falcons head coach Alan Tait

"You look at the top guys like [Chris] Ashton and see what he's doing, they naturally follow the ball," Falcons head coach Tait told BBC Newcastle.

"I'm excited about getting Rikki on board and I think he'll be a good addition to the squad.

"He's an awesome try-scorer, and although it's a different sport you can't take that off people, that pace and power.

"His try-scoring ability is his main trait, I want to improve our attack and I think another natural finisher will help us get there.



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