From Eagle to Falcon for Yarm Rugby Clubs first homegrown player Morgan Passman
Newcastle Falcons have signed former Durham County player, Morgan Passman on professional terms for the Senior Academy.
Morgan Passman, 18 signed his first professional contract with the Premiership side last week to secure himself a spot on the right wing in the Junior Academy squad.
After playing across the backline for the Academy, scoring the most tries for the side and making his A League debut for the Falcons’ in September during their 67-21 victory over Wasps, he can say that his hard work has certainly paid off.
Passman has not been short of success throughout his rugby career, since starting out as a Yarm Eagle at the young age of four he was; the first age group to enter the Durham Developing Player Pathway programme (DPP) with the help of the Falcons and the County, he has helped the Falcons’ AASE scheme at Gosforth Academy to two successive national finals, represented Durham County at U15s and England at U16s.
Mark Laycock, Falcons Academy Manager and fellow Teessider said “Morgan came through the DPP and made his A-League debut for the Falcons in this season’s heavy victory over Wasps.”
“The former Yarm RFC and school player is very physical and powerful, with an eye for the try-line, and it is exciting to see him stepping up to the senior academy.”
Since first starting out in Passmans’ youth, the DPP programme has gone from strength to strength, over the years, developing some strong talent throughout the three areas covering Durham.
Upon completing his exams at Gosforth Academy in May, Passman will move up to Newcastle permanently and take up the game full time.
Although, father Steve Passman and Yarm RFC club coaching co-ordinator, has said he will still pop into the Club when he can.
After all, that is where his journey and dream began!
By Clarissa Murphy