Exciting Argentina international wing Mateo Carreras will leave club side Newcastle Falcons at the end of the season to take up a deal at Bayonne.
The 23-year-old had been rumoured to be heading out the door at Kingston Park and after returning from an impressive Rugby World Cup, his exit is confirmed.
Newcastle announced his departure on Tuesday, saying the Los Pumas finisher would take up a playing opportunity overseas, now revealed to be Bayonne.
Strong World Cup
Newcastle head coach Alex Codling said: “Mateo is an outstanding talent who has naturally attracted significant interest on the back of his performances for Newcastle and Argentina.
“He arrived here as a talented young man who had played hardly any professional 15-a-side rugby, and he will leave as one of the best wingers in the world.
“We are naturally disappointed to be losing such a fantastic player, and we will always do our best to retain our top talent, but Mateo has been professional and transparent throughout the entire process.
“He still has a massive role to play for the Falcons between now and the end of the season, and I know he will approach it with his usual diligence and positivity.”
👀 𝐋𝐞𝐬 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐫𝐮𝐞𝐬 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟒-𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟓 : 𝐸𝑝𝑖𝑠𝑜𝑑𝑒 𝟸
Brillant lors de la Coupe du Monde, c’est bien à Jean-Dauger que Mateo Carreras posera ses valises la saison prochaine.
Ongi Etorri Mateo, bienvenue chez toi !
𝙋𝙐𝙎𝘼 𝘽𝘼𝙄𝙊𝙉𝘼 🔵⚪ pic.twitter.com/pBUoq3gJbd
— Aviron Bayonnais (@avironrugbypro) November 14, 2023
Soon after Newcastle announced Carerras was leaving the club, Top 14 outfit Bayonne confirmed his arrival on a two-year deal, which will delight their fans.
Bayonne currently sit in 11th spot in the table after winning two and losing four of their first six games, with Oyonnax, Montpellier and Perpignan below them.
For the Falcons, their start to the season could not have been worse as they are rooted to the bottom of the Premiership standings after five straight defeats.
Codling’s men face second-placed Sale on Friday and will hope Carreras can help them stop the rot against their northern rivals in what would be a shock win.