Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hard Work Will Pay off This Season - Jamie; Helleur Hopes Falcons See Fruits of Their Labours

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hard Work Will Pay off This Season - Jamie; Helleur Hopes Falcons See Fruits of Their Labours

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Byline: Mark Smith

JAMIE Helleur believes a summer of toil on the training ground will bear fruit for Newcastle Falcons this season.

The Samoan international has been one of their brightest stars since his move from Auckland, catching the eye in both of the Falcons' pre-season friendlies.

Stealing the show with an impressive 40-minute cameo against Glasgow a week-and-a-half ago, he followed that up by pulling the midfield strings in Friday night's 36-5 demolition of last season's relegation rivals Leeds Carnegie.

Helleur, whose second-half offload fed in Greg Goosen for one of Newcastle's six tries, said: "I am just doing what I do, and if that has made an impact then I am glad.

"I am enjoying being part of the team, and the boys all seem to be in great condition after a tough pre-season.

"It is good to put those building blocks in place and see your efforts rewarded.

"They say you only get out what you put in, and the pre-season programme here has been good."

Despite his Falcons side being tipped in certain quarters for another battle against the drop, Helleur insisted they would rise to the challenge.

The 27-year-old, who has joined the club on a two-year deal, added: "Being the under-dog is the greatest position you can be in.

"The Falcons have been in a low position in recent years, but I want that morale to go up for the supporters and everybody in the North East who loves their rugby.

"We want to bring power and passion to the team and it will be fantastic if we can make those things a reality."

Explaining his role in the side, the power-packed midfield man said: "I have been brought in to add a bit of experience to the back division, and hopefully that is something I can bring to the club.

"I want to get established and be noticed.

"I want to be at my best, play as well as I can and do whatever it takes to help Newcastle away from the bottom part of the league. …

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