Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

I Want to Go with the Falcons Flying; Carl Aiming to Leave on a High Note

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

I Want to Go with the Falcons Flying; Carl Aiming to Leave on a High Note

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CARL HAYMAN admits he is desperate to leave a positive legacy at Kingston Park by carving out a successful season before he leaves for Toulon.

Aware the Falcons must negotiate their forthcoming threegame week by making progress in the Guinness Premiership league table, Falcons captain Hayman believes his side can still qualify for the Heineken Cup.

Gearing up to help the side power through the final six games of the league season, Hayman said he wants to guide the Falcons to a top-six finish to set them up for next season.

Hayman signed a three-year Toulon deal at the weekend that will see him link back up with former Falcons Tom May and Jonny Wilkinson on the French south coast next season.

Well aware he has all but ended his World Cup 2011 ambitions with New Zealand - the Kiwis do not consider overseas-based stars for selection - Hayman said he hopes the NZRU might reconsider that position if his form warrants attention.

The Falcons travel to Vicarage Road to take on Saracens on Sunday (kick-off 3pm), before hosting Gloucester at Kingston Park on Wednesday, March 31 (kick-off 8pm).

Their week from hell ends with another prohibitive trip south, to Harlequins on Saturday, April 3 (3pm start), and Hayman is keen to cap his two-and-a-half years on Tyneside on a positive note.

Admitting it was a tug to choose to leave the North East, Hayman said: "There's still unfinished business for me here, there's seven games to go and we can still hit our team goal of finishing in the top six, but things are also very tight around, so there's a lot of work to do.

"It's nice to have the decision sorted. It wasn't affecting training or my performance, but now it's sorted it's one less thing to worry about.

"More than for me it's for the team - to be able to say that I was part of a Falcons team that qualified for the Heineken Cup or that won the Challenge Cup, that's a huge incentive for me, just as huge as it has been all season. …

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