Ben out to make point with Thunder

Newcastle Thunder have added further strength to their hooker options for 2018 after agreeing a deal to bring Ben Pointer to Tyneside from London Broncos.

Pointer began playing rugby in the Union code in Northampton, and was first introduced to rugby league from the age of ten, where he took to the thirteen man game with natural ease.

He was signed by the Broncos to their academy system after impressing in senior rugby for for Northampton Demons at just 17-years-old, where he earned his debut after a season of eye catching performances.

A young talent at the age of just 21 he is exceptionally quick from dummy half, an attribute Jason Payne expects him to be able to use and combine well with his team-mates.

Thunder’s head coach said: “I’m really happy that we have been able to get Ben’s signature for 2018. He is a very good player and will fit into our team perfectly; he is dynamic around the ruck which will certainly bring the best out of our talented pack.

“Ben is a hard worker with a bright future ahead of him, I’m really happy that we will be a part of his journey and I’m sure that he will continue to develop into a top player. He is a good person and rugby aside; he will fit into and contribute, to the culture we are trying to create.

“I’d also like to thank Craig Harrison from SMTMUK for helping to make this happen.’

Looking ahead to his move to the North East, Pointer said: “I’m really excited for the opportunity at Thunder next year and I’m looking forward to challenging myself and working on my individual game, as well as playing for a side that has really big intentions.

“From speaking to Jason I was immediately interested in what Thunder were trying to achieve and where the club is going. They have a great squad and support team around them that I was keen to be a part of, not to mention living in Newcastle.

“My aims for next year are fairly simple, I want to have a good run of form for the team and do whatever it takes to help the club to go on to more success.

“I would also like to thank “Hendo” and the London Broncos for my 3 and a half years at the club. I have developed a lot as a player under them and have thoroughly enjoyed my team here, not to mention having made some friends for life.”

To see Ben in action, see his season highlights below.