Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fighting Ace Luke Signs Up; Judo Black Belt Fielden Renews His Falcons Contract

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fighting Ace Luke Signs Up; Judo Black Belt Fielden Renews His Falcons Contract

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Byline: Mark Smith

LUKE Fielden has handed Newcastle Falcons a timely boost, with flying winger adding a new two-year contract to his recently-acquired black belt in judo.

The 25-year-old has been arguably the club's player of the season so far, running in six tries from 16 appearances to become the Falcons' top finisher after joining from Championship side Bedford in the summer.

And despite a host of offers from Premiership rivals, he has joined the growing contingent pledging their futures to the Kingston Park outfit.

"I'm really pleased, and it's a weight off my shoulders having got the contract sorted," said Fielden (pictured right). "I know where I'm going to be for the next two-and-a-half seasons, so now I can just get my head down and work hard without having to worry."

Explaining his reasons for turning down the advances of his numerous suitors, he added: "I spoke to a few other Premiership teams, but Newcastle were the club that gave me my break and I feel as if I owe them a debt of loyalty for that.

"I listened to what the other clubs had to say, but in the end it was quite a straightforward decision. I'm happy in Newcastle, it's a good club, and it's already starting to go in the right direction here with the way they're planning for the future.

"I'm confident that I've signed a contract for two Premiership years despite us being second-bottom at the moment, and I've got no doubt that we'll turn this season around. We're only half-way through the league fixtures, there's plenty of rugby to be played and we're more than confident that we can climb up the table."

Enjoying success off the field too with his recent judo success, the Northumbria University graduate revealed: "It's something I like to focus on outside of rugby, and it's a means for me to relieve any excess aggression that might be hanging around after the Falcons games. …

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