Leeds Carnegie sign Newcastle's Chris Pilgrim & James Fitzpatrick

Leeds Carnegie have signed scrum-half Chris Pilgrim and centre James Fitzpatrick from Newcastle Falcons.

Both have agreed two-year contracts for the 2014-15 campaign, with Fitzpatrick joining the Championship side on a preliminary loan deal later this month.

Birkenhead-born Pilgrim, 28, joined Newcastle from Nottingham in 2009.

North-easterner Fitzpatrick, 26, joined the Falcons in 2010 after a string of impressive displays for local clubs Westoe and Blaydon.