Duo commit to the Falcons

Ward and Pilgrim agree new deals

Last Updated: 09/03/10 9:11am

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Ward: New deal

Ward: New deal

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Newcastle have been boosted by news that Micky Ward and Chris Pilgrim have agreed new deals at Kingston Park.

Experienced prop Ward, who has made more than 250 appearances at the club since making his debut 11 years ago, has signed a 12-month contract extension.

The 24-year-old Pilgrim has agreed a two-year deal after impressing since arriving on trial from Nottingham in the summer.

And Falcons director of rugby Steve Bates is pleased that the duo have committed themselves to the club.

Bates said: "Everyone knows what a great club man Micky Ward is, and it is fantastic news that he has signed on for another year with us.

"He brings vast Guinness Premiership experience to the table, he remains a strong scrummager and his attitude behind the scenes is an example to all aspiring players.

"We are also delighted that Chris Pilgrim has signed up for two more years.

"Chris has impressed us greatly since arriving on trial last summer, he is a tough competitor and a quick learner who has adapted well to Guinness Premiership rugby.

"Both players have backed the ambition being shown by the club in pledging their futures here, we are in talks with others regarding recruitment and retention and the squad is gradually starting to shape up well for next season."

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