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Newcastle retain Saracens' 'skilful' loanee Obatoyinbo

By Kim Ekin
(Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Newcastle Falcons have confirmed that Elliott Obatoyinbo will remain the club until the end of next season after impressing in a short-term spell on Tyneside.


The 24-year-old has scored two tries in his five games since arriving in mid-September from Saracens, starting at full-back in Saturday’s 27-21 away win over Gloucester.

Head coach Dave Walder said: “Elliott has fitted in well, he’s a skilful guy who beats players and he’s got that excitement factor about him.

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“He does the basics really well, he’s a positive character around the place and it’s great news for us that we have been able to extend his stay at the club.”

The Harrow and Stonyhurst school-boy said of time to date with Newcastle: “I’m really happy to have signed with the Falcons. Everyone at the club has been very welcoming and I feel I have settled in quickly.

“There’s a lot of potential in the group and I’m excited about adding value to the team going forward.

“Saracens has been a great environment with some outstanding players and I learned a lot during my time there, but I’m excited about this new opportunity.


“I know Nathan Earle from our time together at Sarries, and we’re from similar backgrounds so we get on well. I also know Josh Barton from when I was out at London Scottish, but I’m looking forward to getting to know everyone else and hopefully making a positive contribution.

“I’ll play anywhere across the back three, but if you were to press me I’d say I probably prefer full-back. I grew up playing there mostly, but I don’t mind either way to be honest.

“My high-ball skills and back-field coverage are both aspects I would hope to bring to the team, but I’d say my X-factor would be my footwork, speed and ability to beat a man.”

Newcastle Falcons’ host Northampton Saints in the Premiership Rugby Cup (3.30pm) on Saturday.


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