Falcons duo Ward & Pilgrim extend contracts

Newcastle Falcons prop Micky Ward and scrum half Chris Pilgrim have both pledged their futures to the club, signing new contracts to stay on at Kingston Park.

Fan favourite Ward has made over 250 appearances for the Falcons in an 11-year career, with the 31-year-old Geordie putting pen to paper on a one-year deal.

Pilgrim, meanwhile, extends his stay, having impressed since joining on trial from Nottingham last summer. The 24-year-old has made eight first team appearances, and has signed a new two-year contract.

Falcons director of rugby, Steve Bates, said: “Everyone knows what a great club man Micky Ward is, and it is fantastic news for 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.”

Speaking on his decision to commit to the club, Ward said: “I love the Falcons, and there was never a thought of going anywhere else.

“We have a fantastic group of players and coaches, and the best supporters in the country, so why would I even think about leaving?

“We’re working hard every single day to improve, I believe in what the club is doing and I’m over the moon to have signed up for next season.”

Scrum half Pilgrim, speaking after finalising his two-year extension, said: “I’ve really enjoyed my first season in the Guinness Premiership, and to have been involved with the Falcons.

“Training day in, day out, with quality players and coaches has really developed my game, I want to take that further and I know that Newcastle is the best place for me to really push on.

“We have great competition for places at scrum half with Micky Young and Hall Charlton right now, that’s driving us all on to higher standards and it’s brilliant news to have sorted my future out.”

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