One of the Falcons’ worst-kept transfer secrets of the summer has been confirmed – Tane Tu’ipulotu will return to KP for 2012/13 after spending a year in Japan.
While the news has generally been welcomed by those fans who have so far commented on it online, not everyone is 100% happy.
In my opinion, Tulip started slowly with us after making his debut in November 2008, but at the back end of that season he formed a strong midfield partnership with Jamie Noon and Tom May, running some good lines and scoring in a home win over Leicester.
Over the following two seasons, he was perhaps not as prominent, though in the late months of 2010/11 the Tongan did make two massive contributions that will be remembered. Firstly, scoring the winning try in the LV= Cup semi-final at Harlequins with the last play of the match, and then dribbling through for Luke Fielden to score a late try against Bath at KP.
That try gave the Falcons the bonus point that ultimately kept us in the Premiership a year ago.
I think we have been missing a creative centre this season, so if Tulip can rediscover his best form, and rumours of an end to the injuries that plagued his final season in the North East prove correct and enduring, he should be a good addition.
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