SIGNING – Young retained for 2019 season

Newcastle Thunder’s preparations for 2019 have been boosted with the news that fullback Lewis Young has agreed on a new one-year contract.

It marks something of a coup for Thunder, as they beat off competition from a host of clubs across all leagues to keep the talented player for a fourth season.

Young, who was named Kingstone Press League 1 Young Player of the Season in 2017 has continued to shine throughout 2018 with a series of standout performances that have showcased his pace and footwork.

Contributing across the park with stints in the centres, halves and his preferred fullback berth, Young has remained a potent attacking threat with his mazy runs causing plenty of problems for opposition defences.

A former junior at Redhill ARLFC back in his hometown of Castleford, Young originally joined Thunder in mid-2016 while studying at Northumbria University and after impressing in his debut year has progressed even further over the course of the last two seasons, with 39 tries in his 44 appearances.

Young joins Jack Aldous, Jared Blanke, Rhys Clarke, Liam Finn, Remy Marginet, Liam McAvoy, Evan Simons and David Weetman as confirmed members of the club’s 2019 squad.

Speaking of his new deal, Young said: “I’ve really enjoyed the last three years here at Thunder and that is why I am pleased and happy to be staying for another year.

“We’ve made some big signings for next year and there is going to be a big push for promotion and I want to be a part of that. We’ve brought in Liam Finn who is obviously a big name signing and there are going to be more like that and that’s exciting.”

Head Coach Jason Payne said: “I’m delighted that Lewis has agreed for another year, I’ve been lucky enough to see his development first hand over the last six years and it’s been remarkable. He has now established himself as one of the best players outside Super League and he will only get better.

“Its a credit to the club that we were able to keep him here considering the interest in him, but he was keen to be a part of this next chapter with us and I’m sure it will prove to be a good decision. We are proud that we have an environment that young, talented players want to be a part of and this is further confirmation of our ambitions going forward.

“He is a fans favourite so I’m sure they will be happy with the news that he is remaining at Kingston Park.”