Scottish international hooker Scott Lawson will continue to ply his trade at Newcastle Falcons after agreeing a new contract with the Premiership club, starting in season 2016/17.
Lawson, who joined the Falcons from London Irish at the start of the 2013/14 season, has been a regular feature of the club’s front row, making a total of 46 appearances, 39 of which were starts.
An assured presence in the pack and the Falcons line-out, Lawson’s Falcons tenure has also be characterised by dynamic play in the loose, with storming run’s causing havoc in opposition defences.
Missing only two of the club’s Premiership fixtures in season 2014/15, his consistent levels of performance saw him play a total of 1,229 minutes and earn a nomination for the fans’ Star of the Season award as a result.
“Having been here for two years and at the start of something, it’s really good to be involved in the continuation of getting the Falcons back to where they want to be," Lawson told Newcastle Falcons' official website.
"A longer stay was something I wanted to happen and now that it has, it feels good to be valued as part of that process.”
“I’m delighted from a professional and personal point of view about staying at Newcastle. As soon as my family moved here it was a quite good fit and we all settled in well, so it’s nice that this will be home for a while longer.”
Falcons' director of rugby Dean Richards said: “Scotty has been an important person in our squad since his arrival, which so much experience both at Aviva Premiership and international level.
"He brings with him all the ability and commitment you’d expect from someone of his calibre.”
“He’s contribution goes beyond what he does on the field himself, with the younger hookers at the club benefiting from having him around. It’s great news that he’ll be here with us for another couple of years.”