SIGNING – Gowing graduates for 2020 On Field September 9, 2019 Newcastle Thunder are building up to the first instalment of the 2019 Betfred League 1 playoffs this Sunday with the unveiling of five new faces graduating into the 2020 senior squad from the club’s academy. Announcing one player each day, the first confirmed graduate is hooker Ollie Gowing. An exciting talent, Gowing has already featured for the Thunder first team having made four appearances since making his debut against West Wales Raiders at the end of the 2018 season. Taking to the field against North Wales Crusaders and Coventry Bears in the league and York City Knights in the 1895 Cup, Gowing has also impressed heavily during the U19s academy season, with his character seeing him become a major part of that team’s leadership group. A diligent player who works hard with extra efforts to improve his skills, he is eligible to play for the USA internationally and grew up on the other side of the pond with wrestling and state-level baseball commanding his attention. With players like Keal Carlile in the squad to learn from, Gowing is set for a big 2020 with Thunder and will be looking to make the most of a full pre-season to put himself into the best possible shape to challenge for his spot in the Thunder first team.