Prop Jon Welsh joined the Falcons in summer 2015 fresh from a victorious Pro 12 campaign with Scottish side Glasgow Warriors. Having made 106 club appearances since joining Glasgow in 2008 the former junior boxing champion joined Newcastle ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, during which he played twice at St James’ Park. Impressing in his early showings for the Falcons’ Welsh’s debut season in the North East was cut short when he suffered a toe injury which ruled him out for the back half of the campaign. Bouncing back in 2016-17 with a strong campaign, the former electrician signed a new contract in the summer of 2017 and passed the 50 appearance mark during the 2017-18 season before suffering a season-ending injury at Exeter. Missing the majority of the 2018-19 campaign through injury, the Scot signed a new two-year deal in the summer of 2019.