Tue 5 Feb 2019 | 08:33

Scotland centre sticks with Premiership side

Scotland centre sticks with Premiership side
Tue 5 Feb 2019 | 08:33
Scotland centre sticks with Premiership side

TRANSFER NEWS: Scotland centre Chris Harris has signed a two-year contract extension with Newcastle Falcons, the English Premiership side announced.

Harris has made 94 Falcons appearances since his debut for the northeast side in December 2014 and he had no qualms over staying with the only club he has represented at senior level.

“I’m really happy to commit once again to Newcastle Falcons,” said Harris, 28, who scored his first Test try on his seventh international appearance as Scotland launched their Six Nations campaign with a 33-20 win over Italy at Murrayfield last weekend.

Newcastle are currently four points adrift at the bottom of the Premiership table, with only the basement club at the end of the regular season demoted to the second-tier Championship.

Harris, however, added: “I know we’re in a tough spot at the moment in terms of our league position but I have absolute confidence in our ability to climb out of that, and to start afresh next season looking to finish where we know we can.”

Despite Newcastle’s position, Harris is not alone in committing his future to the Falcons, with England flank Mark Wilson, Samoa wing Sinoti Sinoti and fellow Scotland international John Hardie all having signed new deals.

“Chris is a very consistent performer who has worked hard to become a Premiership regular and earn full international honours,” said Newcastle rugby director Dean Richards.

The former England No.8 added: “He is very strong in defence, he has the pace to trouble opposition defences and he provides a great link to the attacking talent we have out wide.

“It’s another endorsement of what we are doing that he sees his future here with us, joining the list of key players to have announced contract renewals,”

Agence France-Presse

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