Newcastle Falcons have announced that back-row Callum Chick has signed a new two-year deal with the Gallagher Premiership club.
Chick joined the Falcons Academy at the age of 12 and signed his first professional contract with the club at the end of the 2014/15 season. The 24-year-old has gone on to play for the club 83 times including close to 50 Premiership games. He has also captained the Falcon's Rugby Sevens side.
“Newcastle is my boyhood club, I used to come here as a fan and I just love being part of it,” he told the club's official website.
“The lads are great, the set-up is really good at the Falcons and it was an easy decision.
“I’m enjoying my rugby on a personal level, the team are showing up well and when I looked at the whole situation I just knew I wanted to commit here.”
He has also represented England at the Under 16 and Under 18 levels and was part of the England Under 20 squad that went on to clinch the Junior World Championship in 2016.
“Callum is a huge talent who has worked incredibly hard on his game," said director of rugby Dean Richards.
“He has made a major contribution to the side since battling back from his early-season injury, and should be a big player for this club for a lot of years to come.
“We’ve made no secret of the fact we enjoy showcasing our local boys, and to see the way Callum is now consistently catching the eye at Premiership level is incredibly pleasing.”
Newcastle Falcons are positioned 10th in the Gallagher Premiership table with eight wins from 19 games.