Parling signs new deal

Academy graduate agrees to extend stay

Last Updated: 11/03/08 10:23am

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Parling: Happy at Newcastle

Parling: Happy at Newcastle

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Academy graduate Geoff Parling has agreed to extend his stay at Newcastle for a further season.

The 24-year-old forward, who can play in the second row or on the flank, is a born-and-bred Falcons player, having attended schools in Stockton and Durham before attending Newcastle University.

Parling has come through the Newcastle academy to establish himself in the Premiership- while he has represented England at every age group.

And Parling is delighted to have agreed to have sorted out his immediate future.

Parling said: "The Falcons pack has really progressed this season, and while we still know there is plenty of work to do everyone at the club is really committed to driving things forward.

"It's obviously good news to have got the new contract sorted, and I'm looking forward to being part of the continued progression at the club."

Newcastle director of rugby John Fletcher believes Parling has been key to club's progress.

He said: "Geoff is very much what we stand for at Newcastle, a talented local lad who has come through the academy system and really established himself as a Guinness Premiership player.

"He is a very consistent performer who contributes a lot to the team, has a big influence on the line out and is continuing to mature as a player with every season.

"Our pack has been much improved of late under the guidance of Peter Walton, and Geoff has been an integral part of that success so naturally we are delighted to have agreed an extra year."

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