Newcastle have confirmed the exit of Scotland prop Euan Murray, who has signed for Worcester Warriors.
Murray, 32, who joined the Falcons in December 2010, played 31 times for the North East club including 20 appearances last season.
The Scotland international will complete his move to Worcester once his loan period with Top 14 outfit Agen comes to an end in November.
The Falcons have made a positive start to their RFU Championship campaign, winning five out of five to cement their position at the top of the table.
"We believe that we have a squad strong enough to reach the Championship playoffs and gain promotion back to the Aviva Premiership," said executive director Paul Varley.
"With this in mind we were prepared to release Euan as we look to reduce the outgoings on players."