Long serving forward Richard Beck has agreed a new deal to keep him at the club and admitted the club’s new Director of Rugby Chris Stirling had a big part in helping his decide to pledge his future to the club.

Beck is set to become only the seventh player in the club’s history to make 100 league appearances if he features in both the remaining games this season following in the footsteps of Pete Lucock earlier this season.

He was due to be out of contract this summer but has now signed a new one year deal. He revealed, “I have been really impressed with Chris Stirling since he has arrived. Having met with him, I was very excited about the future and can see how he is going to take the club forward. He has massive experience from the Hurricanes in New Zealand and I asked him why he had come to Yorkshire Carnegie and was impressed by what he was wants to achieve with us and his vision for the club. He sees it as a challenge and he has a lot of drive. He has left his family in New Zealand to lead our rugby operation and wants it to be a success. That is exciting as a player to hear.

“We are keeping the same coaching staff which is good to build some continuity from this year and now we can add to that with Chris’ ideas build on the progress we have made this year,” added the 28-year-old.

Carnegie face high flying Ealing Trailfinders tonight at Emerald Headingley and Beck says the Yorkshire players know the size of the task in front of them. He added, “They will be very good as they always are. It will be tough up front and we need to make sure we sort our scrum and line out out as that is where they are strong. It will be a good test for us and we will be up for that come kick off.

“We were definitely in the game for long periods down at Ealing but some sloppy mistakes from us gave them the chance to attack and they will always take advantage of that,” said Beck.