Newcastle Falcons have confirmed that flanker Connor Collett has extended his stay with the club for another season.
Collett did his schooling with Stamford and started playing club rugby with Massey RFC before going on to play for North Harbour for the Mitre 10 Cup Championship in the 2016 season that went on to beat Otago in the final.
The 25-year-old went on to make his debut for Newcastle Falcons in 2018 and went on to make 10 first-team appearances for the club including seven this season.
“I have really enjoyed my first three years here, I feel I have grown as a player and settled in to the North East way of life,” he told the club's official website.
“I am surrounded by some really good guys and am excited to see what another year with the Falcons brings.
“I hope to keep pushing for a regular spot in the starting 15, and the game time I enjoyed at the start of the season continues to be a huge motivator for me to keep pushing myself and improving.
“We as a squad believe there is more success to come, and look forward to the challenges next season holds.”
Newcastle Falcons director of rugby Dean Richards expressed delight in Collett extending his stay with the club for another season.
“Connor is a very bright player with an outstanding attitude, and I’m delighted he will be remaining with the club.
“He is in an extremely competitive area of the squad given the wealth of back-row talent we have, but he is very much in the mix and will continue to push hard for selection.
“We have already had a glimpse of what he can do on the Premiership stage, and it’s another great example of the stable foundations we’re building here that we are keeping so many of our best young players.”
Newcastle Falcons are at 11th place in the table with eight wins from 20 games.