Newcastle have announced that fly-half Tom Catterick has inked a contract extension that will keep him at Kingston Park until at least 2017.
The 24-year-old made his senior debut for the Falcons at the age of 19 in a European clash with Albi and has gone on to make 77 appearances.
Since December 2014 he has had a successful run of games in the number ten jersey which has seen Catterick draw praise from across the game.
“We’re very pleased that Tom has chosen to extend his contract with Newcastle Falcons. He is a dynamic and versatile player who has turned a lot of heads since taking on the fly-half role during the last European window,” director of rugby Dean Richards told the Falcons website.
“As a product of the Falcons’ Academy it’s great news that Tom has pledged the next two years to the club; he is a dedicated member of the team and retaining home-grown players of his calibre is very much a part of our forward planning.
“Tom has found fantastic form this season but he is still a young man, and we look forward to continuing to work with and him and watch him develop over the coming seasons.”
Catterick said: “I’m really happy to extend my contract; it was a fairly short and sharp process. I really wanted to stay and fortunately Dean wanted me to stay as well so it’s nice to get it done and dusted and be able to concentrate on the rest of the season.
“We are slowly building and I think it is a good place to be and somewhere where I can develop as a person and a player particularly after all the help that the coaches, in particularly Dave, who has been a massive help to me this year.
“I want to be part of the Falcons squad that makes the Premiership top four and wins things and I am really looking forward to the future.”