Prop-forward Sam Lockwood has signed a new contract which will keep him at Newcastle Falcons for another two seasons.
The 30-year-old loose-head has made 36 appearances for the club since joining from Jersey two and a half years ago, and hopes to return to action during February following a hand injury.
Lockwood said: “The club have stood by me during long-term injury, they’ve shown a lot of loyalty towards me and I’m very grateful for that.
“I’m excited to have signed this new contract, it’s great to have another two years with the Falcons and I’m looking forward to getting back fit shortly and putting together a decent run of games, if selected.”
Director of rugby Dean Richards welcomed news of Lockwood’s deal, saying: “Sam offers us a big physical presence at loose-head and also contributes plenty around the park.
“He has stepped up well to Gallagher Premiership level since making the move from Jersey, and continues to be an important part of our plans.”