England U20 star Dom Barrow feels Newcastle have the right components to do well on their return to the Premiership.
Barrow joined the Falcons from Leeds in the off-season, a period in which he played a key role in helping England to the Junior World Cup title.
The lock believes that hard work and a good team ethos were key to England's success and that he sees a number of those qualities in the Newcastle squad.
"There were no stars, no egos in the under-20s squad this year - just a real group of honest lads who were all pulling in the same direction," he explained to Newcastle's official website.
"It is early days for me at Newcastle and I don't want to speak out of turn, but that seems to be the same as what I have experienced in the Falcons' squad.
"Even though there is immense talent and experience, it is all based around the collective and what they can bring to the team.
"The year before we had taken a star-studded team with more egos and we didn't achieve what we probably should have done. When you compare that with the group for this year, while there was the same talent across the field what we had this time round was a group where everyone was willing to muck in for one another."
Barrow will link up with Carlo del Fava, Scott MacLeod and Mark Wilson in the second row, a prospect he is looking forward to.
"You look at the talent in this group, and that was one of the real attractions about coming here," he said.
"Being in the same squad as players like Scott and Carlo - they are guys I used to watch on TV and look up to. Add into that people like Fraser McKenzie and a whole host of others, and just by being in that environment I am going to become a better player."