Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Delight for Deano as Powell Puts Pen to Paper; Falcons' Midfield Mainstay Adam Signs New Deal at Kingston Park

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Delight for Deano as Powell Puts Pen to Paper; Falcons' Midfield Mainstay Adam Signs New Deal at Kingston Park

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Byline: Mark Smith @markismith50 www.facebook.com/chroniclerugby

NEWCASTLE Falcons boss Dean Richards is delighted to have tied down his Mr Consistency following the news that Adam Powell has signed a new two-year deal with the club.

The former England Saxons centre, who turned 28 on New Year's Day, has started all 14 of the Falcons' Premiership games this season.

Joining from Saracens midway through the Falcons' RFU Championship promotion season in 2013, the Essex native has quickly become a key part of the club's midfield.

Richards said: "I am delighted to have got Adam signed up for another two years.

"He sets high standards, he is loved by everybody around the club and he is a good player."

Powell made 96 top-flight appearances during his eight seasons at Saracens, the Romford man a renowned stickler for his thorough preparation.

"His attention to detal is second to none," said Richards, whose side host London Wasps in Friday night's televised encounter.

"He is a bit of a rugby buff in that he loves every part of the game.

"It is not just about going out there and playing for Adam - he is involved in everything."

Powell becomes the seventh Falcons squad member to sign up on fresh terms following two-year deals for captain Will Welch, Ally Hogg, Tom Catterick, Alex Tait, Chris Harris and Will Witty.

Asked if those early signatures offered desired stability for Richards, the director of rugby said: "Yeah, a little bit.

"I am quite happy with the way recruitment is going. Maintaining the structure of the side going forward into next year is looking pretty good."

Bath scrum-half Micky Young is the Falcons' only confirmed new signing to date, the 26-year-old returning to his former club four years after leaving for Leicester and then Bath.

One trade paper claimed over the weekend that Clermont fly-half Mike Delany had signed up for next season, the 32-year-old boasting one New Zealand cap, having started in their 20-6 win over Italy in Milan back in 2009. …

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