18 May, 15:44
It's down to the wire now for the five contenders who have been shortlisted for the ultimate individual accolade in northern hemisphere rugby, ERC European Player of the Year 2013.
Shortland began his career in the National Rugby League (NRL) for Melbourne Storm before moving to the New Zealand Warriors and joins the club ahead of the 2011/12 season.
"He's been scoring tries for the Waratahs A team and he's recently been training with their first team," said Falcons head coach Alan Tait.
"He's also English qualified which is great. He runs hard, he's strong and Ryan is a great signing for the club."