England international back Mathew Tait has signed a new one year contract extension with European Challenge Cup quarter- finalists, Newcastle Falcons.
The versatile young player started his professional career with the Falcons in 2004 and has played at centre, wing, and full back.
In 23 European outings with the Falcons the 22-year-old has scored eight tries in the European Challenge Cup and once in the Heineken Cup.
Tait's side have reached the knockout stages of the European Challenge Cup for the sixth time in seven attempts and will host Castres Olympique on Saturday, 5 April at 8pm at Kingston Park.
It is an impressive record and testament to the solid foundations laid by Rob Andrew during his time as Director of Rugby before he moved on to become Director of Elite Rugby at the RFU.
Andrew has had a role in developing and honing the skills of the likes of Tait and Falcons team mate Toby Flood, within the England set up and both are now established players in the Ashton era.
Ten years ago Falcons overcame Castres when they reached their first European quarter-final beating the same club 44 - 0. That was before Tait's time but the 20-times-capped England international will be a key figure at Kingston Park in the coming seasons.
"It is always a big decision when contracts come up for renewal, but I'm delighted to have agreed a new deal and look forward to helping the Falcons fulfil their ambitions," he said.
"Newcastle is a fantastic club with a massive amount of quality, and under John Fletcher there are exciting times ahead."
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