Newcastle Falcons hooker George McGuigan has penned a new three-year contract that will keep him with the club at least until the end of the 2021/22 season.
McGuigan made his debut with the Falcons in 2011 but made a switch to rivals Leicester Tigers in 2016 before rejoining the Kingston Park outfit in 2018. Overall, he has made 95 appearances for the Falcons including 70 games in the Premiership combined across both the stints.
"Newcastle is where I grew up as a rugby player, it's where I call home and it's where I'm happiest playing my rugby," the 26-year-old said in a statement released by the club.
"Despite the blow of being relegated this season we've still got an incredibly talented group of players driving hard to come straight back into the Premiership, and I see huge growth ahead for the club."
Newcastle Falcons director of rugby Dean Richards had high praises for McGuigan and expressed delight on his decision to remain with the club.
"George is a talented local player who has performed at a consistently high level for us this season, and really embodies what we are about.
"He can see what we are building here, and it's absolutely outstanding news for the club that he has chosen to stay here and help us fulfil our ambitions."