Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Brown Joins the Ranks of Young Falcons Talent

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Brown Joins the Ranks of Young Falcons Talent

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Byline: Mark Smith ? (0191) 201-6432 ?

NEWCASTLE Falcons' conveyor belt of homegrown talent shows no sign of slowing down, the newlypromoted RFU Championship winners having announced the latest wave to rise through the ranks.

Players signing senior academy terms are currently undertaking a full pre-season with the first-team squad, the latest to commit their futures including former Sunderland junior goalkeeper Sean Brown.

The England under-18s winger joins Blaydon's Ben Morris, Durham School's David Nelson and RGS Newcastle full-back Tom Penny in signing up, while Tynedale and Northumberland full-back Chris Harris has res newed for another year.

Falcons academy manager Mark Laycock (pictured right) explained: "Our senior academy players train with the first-team every day and that philosophy has come from the top in Dean Richards, our director of rugby.

"He was adamant he didn't want a 'them-and-us' scenario when it comes to the academy.

"He is always asking about the younger lads and everybody is really in it together.

"Dean and his senior coaches are really keen to learn more about the lads, their backgrounds and how they are getting on.

"That is the way it should be and it gives those academy lads the best opportunity to show what they can do in front of the firstteam coaches.

"It also means when they are called up for senior duty they are not in the dark about what is required - they are in the team meetings every day and rubbing shoulders with the guys they will be playing with.

"Those little things like eating together as a squad and chatting to the senior guys. It gives them added value from their time at the Falcons and even though it is still very early days it has been going well so far."

Retaining, rather than producing, has been the issue for Newcastle in recent years when it comes to the cream of their crop, although the flow to Leicester and beyond has reduced to a trickle under Richards' stewardship. …

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