Newcastle re-sign young trio

Date published: May 18 2016

Three of Newcastle Falcons’ homegrown backs – Tom Penny, Brett Connon and Dan Marshall – have all extended their contracts with the Kingston Park outfit.

Midfielder Penny, 21, has already made 18 appearances for the Falcons, scoring in October’s Premiership meeting with Northampton Saints.

The centre has been involved with the Falcons for over a decade having joined the club at the age of 11.

Director of rugby Dean Richards was delighted to have renewed terms with the versatile back.

"We have always stated our intention of promoting top local prospects and Tom very much typifies that," Richards said in an official Newcastle Falcons press release.

"He is a quality player who has already stepped onto the senior stage and we look forward to having him in our plans for a number of years to come."

Playmaker Connon, 19, represented Ireland U20 during this year’s Six Nations, kicking a decisive penalty in their 26-20 away win over England at Kingston Park. 

Born and raised in Cumbria, the former Carlisle RFC player has been with the Falcons since the age of 15 and made his debut this season.

"We have known for a while here what a talent Brett is, but he has really made his mark now with Ireland Under-20s," Richards added.

"He was instrumental in their victory over England in Newcastle back in February, he had a taste of first-team rugby early this season and we are excited by his long-term potential."

18-year-old wing Marshall is also among the latest wave of players committing their futures to the Falcons.

Representing England at the Junior Commonwealth Games in Samoa last year, Marshall also helped the Falcons win their group stage in the Premiership Rugby Sevens Series before making three appearances in this season’s Challenge Cup.

"Dan is an attacking threat with pace to burn and great footwork," said Richards

"He is in the best place for his development given the fantastic work of our academy here and it is great that he has joined the long list of bright local prospects who are keen to remain with us."