Planet Rugby

McGuigan signs Falcons extension

04th February 2014 06:46


george mcguigan newcastle falcons

Talent: George McGuigan

Newcastle Falcons hooker George McGuigan has signed a two-year contract extension with the Aviva Premiership club.

McGuigan, 20, who is a product of the Falcons academy, has featured 18-times this campaign including six starts.

Making his senior debut as a second-half replacement at home to Gloucester Rugby last September, the Ireland U20s hit-man was handed his first start at Bucharest Wolves in the Amlin Challenge Cup two weeks later.

Qualifying for the Emerald Isle by virtue of his Irish parents, the Richmond-born number two, who represented his country at the Junior World Cup last year, is delighted to have inked a new deal with the North East club.

"I'm really happy with how my season has gone so far and I want to continue to improve as a player," said McGuigan.

"Dean Richards and forwards coach John Wells have really helped my development, and this year they have shown a lot of faith in me by giving me some game time which I'm extremely grateful for.

"My aim is to keep churning out solid performances and hopefully I can hold down a more regular place in the first team," he added.

McGuigan underlined his credentials as a future Aviva Premiership star with a man-of-the-match display when the Falcons entertained Bucharest last month.

"We have been monitoring the progress of George throughout this season and he's really stepped up to the mark when called upon," said Falcons boss Dean Richards.

"It's always nice to see local lads coming through the academy system, and George's performances in the first team coupled with his professional attitude off the field merits the offer of a new contract.

"He's enjoying his rugby and I'm sure he will want to kick-on now and cement his place in the team."

  • Aviva Prem Fixtures
Forthcoming Fixtures
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , May 3
Saracens vs Worcester15:00
Bath vs Northampton15:00
Wasps vs Newcastle15:00
Exeter vs Harlequins15:00
Sale vs Leicester15:00
Gloucester vs London Irish15:00
Saturday , May 10
London Irish vs Sale15:15
Newcastle vs Exeter15:15
Leicester vs Saracens15:15
Northampton vs Wasps15:15
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
  • Aviva Prem Results
Recent Results
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , April 20
Northampton 36 - 21 London IrishNorthampton vs London Irish Report
Newcastle 18 - 23 SaracensNewcastle vs Saracens Report
Saturday , April 19
Bath 32 - 20 WorcesterBath vs Worcester Report
Exeter 12 - 55 SaleExeter vs Sale Report
Wasps 38 - 30 GloucesterWasps vs Gloucester Report
Friday , April 18
Harlequins 24 - 20 LeicesterHarlequins vs Leicester Report
Sunday , April 13
Saracens 28 - 24 NorthamptonSaracens vs Northampton Report
London Irish 40 - 12 NewcastleLondon Irish vs Newcastle Report
Saturday , April 12
Leicester 27 - 15 WaspsLeicester vs Wasps Report
Worcester 33 - 38 ExeterWorcester vs Exeter Report
More Aviva Premiership results
  • Aviva Prem Table
Aviva Premiership Table
4Leicester Tigers2064