Premiership: Argentina winger Mateo Carreras signs two-year Newcastle Falcons contract extension

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Newcastle Falcons have announced the re-signing of 22-year-old winger Mateo Carreras on a two-year deal ahead of the 2022/23 Premiership season.

The Argentinian has five international caps which he believes is because of the Falcons organisation and the chance they gave him to compete in the world-renowned Premiership.

Now a fully fledged member of Los Pumas, Carreras had previous experience with his country’s U20 side as well as Argentina’s Sevens team.

Content at the club, and in good spirits, he will look to keep adding to his tally of 13 appearances for the northern-most Premiership side.

Loyal and invested

“I am really happy to extend my contract here in Newcastle,” said Carreras.

“I love the club, I believe we have a good future here and I’m excited for the next two seasons. We have a very good group of players and staff at the Falcons, I enjoy being here and it’s fantastic to have signed for another two years.

“I am really grateful to Newcastle, because it’s thanks to them that I’m now playing for my country.

“The Falcons have given me the opportunity to play top-level rugby in a great league like the Premiership, and every time I play for Argentina it’s thanks to everything that Newcastle have done for me.

“The coaches here have really improved me as a player, and I know this is a club where I can continue to get better. As well as that I really enjoy Newcastle as a city, and I’m happy to have at least another two seasons here.”

Carerras is not the only Argentina international on Tynseside as he plays alongside Matias (Tosti) Orlando.

“When Tosti and I arrived here we didn’t speak much English, and we formed a very good relationship,” he said.

“I already knew him before I came to Newcastle but we have become very close friends, and he’s a great person as well as a great player. I have learned a lot from him on and off the field, and it’s really special to be able to share this experience with him.”

Newcastle Falcons director of rugby Dean Richards said: “Mateo is a real livewire in attack who continues to work really hard at his game.

“His pace and footwork are obvious but he also possesses incredible strength for a relatively small guy, which makes him a real handful for any defence.

“As well as that he’s just got a really positive attitude and a desire to keep improving, so it’s been great to see him stepping up and earning his first few caps for Argentina.

“He will be a key weapon for us as we continue to build over the coming years, and it’s more great news for the club that a player of Mateo’s ability sees his future here.”

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