Open-side flanker Connor Collett has become the latest player to extend terms with Newcastle Falcons – staying on board for another season.
The 25-year-old Englishman has made 10 first team appearances since joining from North Harbour, for whom he played in New Zealand’s national provincial final.
Seven of those have come during the current campaign - Collett starting in all three of the club’s early-season victories over Bath, Sale Sharks and Wasps.
“I have really enjoyed my first three years here, I feel I have grown as a player and settled in to the North East way of life,” said the energetic flanker.
“I am surrounded by some really good guys and am excited to see what another year with the Falcons brings.
“I hope to keep pushing for a regular spot in the starting 15, and the game time I enjoyed at the start of the season continues to be a huge motivator for me to keep pushing myself and improving.
“We as a squad believe there is more success to come, and look forward to the challenges next season holds.”
Director of rugby Dean Richards said: “Connor is a very bright player with an outstanding attitude, and I’m delighted he will be remaining with the club.
“He is in an extremely competitive area of the squad given the wealth of back-row talent we have, but he is very much in the mix and will continue to push hard for selection.
“We have already had a glimpse of what he can do on the Premiership stage, and it’s another great example of the stable foundations we’re building here that we are keeping so many of our best young players.”