Gary Graham will be a Newcastle Falcons player for at least the next three seasons after signing a newly-extended deal with the Gallagher Premiership new boys.
The 27-year-old Scotland flanker scored five tries in his 14 appearances last season as the unbeaten Falcons returned to the top flight at the first attempt, saying: “I just love it here.
“I was brought up around the club with my dad being a Falcons player when I was growing up, it’s always had a special place for me and it’s great to have the new contract sorted.
“It’s a strange time for us in a way with having such a long gap between seasons, but the boys are putting the time to good use and making sure we go in with a full tank when the Premiership starts again for us on November 20.
“We’ve got a load of great players in our squad who can really make an impact, and we’re looking forward to rattling a few cages when next season eventually gets underway.”
Director of rugby Dean Richards said: “Gary gives us a real edge around the field, and he must be horrible to play against.
“He throws absolutely everything into it, has a major impact on things and is adding new strings to his game all the time.
"He’s also a great character around the place and we love having him here, so it’s fantastic that he has committed to us for the long term.”