Adam Balding believes Newcastle Falcons have 'everything in place' to succeed in their battle against relegation from the Premiership this season.
The 31-year-old has returned to Kingston Park from Worcester after an 18-month absence to find Falcons six points adrift at the foot of the table.
"There's a great bunch, everyone's tight and there are a great set of coaches," Balding told BBC Look North.
"Everything is in place to make that survival push."
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“I hope the north east gets behind the Falcons, it's important to have a Premiership club in this neck of the woods”
He continued: "We've got to take each game as it comes and what we do on the training field we have to take into the games."
Balding, who has been brought in as back-row cover, left the north east for Worcester at the end of the 2009-10 season - but having returned to Newcastle, he could now make his second debut in Friday's visit of league leaders Harlequins.
"I hope the north east gets behind the Falcons, it's important to have a Premiership club in this neck of the woods." Balding said.
"It's a great club with a great tradition in a great location."