Newcastle Falcons fly-half Joel Hodgson signs new one-year deal

Joel Hodgson has played 147 games for Newcastle Falcons
Joel Hodgson has played 147 games for Newcastle Falcons

Newcastle Falcons have announced that fly-half Joel Hodgson has signed a new one-year deal with the Gallagher Premiership club.

Hodgson started his professional rugby career with Newcastle Falcons in 2010 for a four-year stint before rejoining them ahead of the 2016/17 season. He has gone on to make 147 appearances for the club across both the stints with the club.

The 28-year-old also played for Northampton Saints and Yorkshire Carnegie apart from a loan stint with Rotherham Titans.

“I’m extremely happy to be staying with the club,” said Hodgson to the club's official website.

“I think we showed signs during the season just past about what we can do and how we can play, and with the new additions we’ve made we can really kick on.

“It’s just an exciting squad to be part of, there’s so much ability and I think it’s looking good for next season.”

Newcastle Falcons director of rugby Dean Richards is delighted to see Hodgson extending his stay at the club for another season.

“Joel is a very skilful player who brings a lot to our game, and you can see how much it means for him to represent his local club.

“We’ve made no secret about the fact we want to build our squad around a core of players from in or around our region, and having Joel around for at least the next season very much feeds into that.”