Newcastle hooker Joe Graham has been handed a new 12-month contract by the Falcons.
The 25-year-old was a key figure in the Falcons pack last season, having made 22 appearances and scored twice.
And the former Tynedale front-rower is relishing the chance to working alongside incoming director of rugby Dean Richards.
"It is a very exciting time for the Falcons at the moment and the club is certainly moving in the right direction," said Graham.
"I am really looking forward to Dean Richards coming in as the new director of rugby and I am delighted to be a part of this ambitious set-up."
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