Kyle Cooper has become the latest Newcastle Falcons player to pledge his future to the club, signing a new three-year contract.
The 29-year-old has impressed during his three seasons on Tyneside, making 39 appearances after joining from South African Super Rugby side the Sharks.
Director of rugby Dean Richards said: “Kyle has proven to be an outstanding performer during his time with us.
“His work at the breakdown, ball-carrying ability and set-piece play have seen him making a big impression, and he is a great character who has also proven to be a fairly regular try-scorer.
“Players of Kyle’s quality are very much in demand, and it is another big boost for the club that he has added his name to the list of key players renewing their contracts with us.”
Cooper, who played a combined 100 games for the Sharks and Natal Sharks during his time in South Africa, said: “I love it here in Newcastle, the club and the city are fantastic and my family are really happy.
“I enjoy the style of rugby and the coaching here, the club has a huge amount of potential and I know that big things are in store for the Falcons. I was always keen to stay and be a part of that, and I’m looking forward to contributing as much as I can over the next three years.”