Newcastle Falcons confirm signings of Gary and Guy Graham.
Newcastle have confirmed that the pairing of Gary and Guy Graham have signed new contracts.
Scotland u20's flanker Guy has signed a deal to move to Newcastle from the Scottish Premiership, while older brother and England squad member Gary has renewed his contract after arriving at the Falcons from Championship side Jersey Reds over the summer.
Gary, 25, has made 12 appearances for Falcons to date and enjoyed multiple squad inclusions under England Head Coach Eddie Jones earlier this season. The older of the two brothers was prevented from making a potential international debut after picking up a neck injury prior to the Six Nations opener against Italy, but has impressed during his time at Newcastle.
Gary and Guy are sons of former Scotland international George Graham, who helped the Falcons win the Premiership title during the 1997/98 season and the Tetley's Bitter Cup in 2001.
The younger of the two brothers, Guy, said: "I’m really excited to be going professional and to be joining the Falcons, the club where my brother plays and where my dad did so well.
"Gary has been great in terms of giving me an idea of what I can expect, and my dad also has a lot of experience of professional rugby which I’ve been able to tap into. I know it will involve a lot of hard work and sacrifice but I’m ready to do it, and I hope I can make an impact."
The 19-year-old flanker has been playing under his father at Scottish Premiership side Hardwick this season and expressed his excitement at becoming a full-time professional. "I’m looking forward to getting stuck into being a professional, training every day and just learning from all the great players and coaches they have at Newcastle.
"It’ll be a bit different from working on the building site. I’m currently helping put down some groundworks on a housing estate in Thursby near Carlisle, but I can’t wait to get started in pre-season and I’m already doing my preparation work for that."
Older brother Gary also expressed his delight to re-sign with Falcons yesterday: "I didn’t really expect this season to go as well as it did, I’ve really enjoyed it, I’m happy to be staying on and I’ve made a lot of good mates here as well as getting stuck into a lot of hard work. It’s obvious that the club is going places, we have a real good bunch of lads and the city is great, so it was an easy decision."
Giving the inside track on younger brother Guy, Gary added: "He’s a bit like myself in many ways. He’s aggressive, physical, works really hard and I think he has a big future if he gets his head down and just gets on with it.
"Hopefully with me being here I can guide him a little bit through those early stages, and I’m probably doing myself out of a job because he plays the same position as me!"
Falcons Director of Rugby Dean Richards insisted he was happy with both pieces of business, saying: "Gary has really made a mark in his first season of top-flight rugby and it’s great that we have been able to secure his future here.
"He has stepped up from the Championship, shown up well in the games he has played and earned recognition from the England coaches with his call-up. It was unfortunate that injury prevented him from being available for selection during the Six Nations but he is not too far away from returning now, and we look forward to the contribution he can hopefully make during the run-in to the season.
"In terms of Guy, he is a very promising young player who in many ways embodies the same qualities as Gary. He is strong at the breakdown, is a very hard worker and puts himself about. Training in the full-time environment will get him to where he needs to be in a physical sense, but he is a talented lad who has a lot to offer."