Newcastle Falcons' hooker Santiago Socino has signed a two-year extension with the Premiership Rugby side to extend his stay at Kingston Park until 2020.
The 25-year-old is now also eligible to be picked for England's national squad after completing his residency period.
“It was a no-brainer for me when I spoke to our director of rugby Dean Richards about staying,” said Socino, who has also played for Hull Ionians, Rotherham, Darlington Mowden Park and his home town club in Buenos Aires, Los Matreros.
“It has been a long journey for me, I’ve been working hard to get better throughout all of that time and I feel really good at the minute. That’s why I’ve committed my future here.
“When I first came to Newcastle Falcons I was in the academy and my goal was just to get into the senior squad, so to have started in the Premiership at this stage of my career is great.
“I got the chance and I felt I took it, so now I’m just determined to work hard and be involved more regularly in the first team games, be it Premiership, cups or whatever. We have great competition so it won’t be easy, but I’m in the best place to keep developing and improving.
“I really like the way the Falcons play, it’s an exciting thing to be part of and we’ve shown a steady improvement over the past three years.”
Socino, who has capped 11 times since scoring on his debut in the Anglo-Welsh Cup at Saracens in the previous season, has made seven appearances in this season’s Aviva Premiership.
Pleased to have retained his services, director of rugby Dean Richards said: “Santi is a very talented player who suits our style of rugby, and he has worked very hard over the past few seasons in converting to hooker from the back row.
“His offloading and aggression are just a couple of the many attributes he brings to our play, and it’s great that we have agreed this deal.”
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