Newcastle have announced that Will Welch will continue in his role as Falcons captain for the 2013/14 Aviva Premiership campaign.
Academy product Welch, 23, who skippered the Falcons to promotion back to the top flight last term, embarks on his fifth season with his hometown club.
"I'm really pleased to get the opportunity to captain the side again, especially being back up in the Aviva Premiership," he said.
"I learnt a lot from my first year as captain - there is a great bunch of guys around me who are all working really hard, and we re looking in good shape going into the season."
Representing England at U18s, U19s and U20s level, the openside flanker signed a two-year contract extension at Kingston Park towards the end of last season.
Newcastle director of rugby Dean Richards added: "Will [Welch] proved his worth as club captain last season, and he matured into the role as the season went on.
"The Aviva Premiership is a big step up, but I'm confident Will can handle the pressures that come with the captaincy."