SIGNING – Thunder secure Super League Finn for 2019

Newcastle Thunder have made a significant statement of intent for the 2019 rugby league season, after securing the services of current Betfred Super League star Liam Finn from Wakefield Trinity.

A vastly experienced half who has played approaching 400 games with some of the game’s biggest clubs, Finn has been a prolific point’s scorer at the top levels of rugby league, with over 2,500 to his name so far in his illustrious 16-year career.

An extremely accurate kicker, Finn set a new world record in 2012 with 41 successful kicks at goal, beating the previous record of 38 set by Barry Eaton in 2003.

Internationally capped by Ireland and currently captain of the national team, he has played in 24 tests including matches at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

Currently on loan at Widnes Vikings, Finn’s move to Kingston Park will come during this winter’s pre-season and will see him combine playing duties as a Thunderman alongside his previously announced coaching role at Belle Vue.

Finn joins Jack Aldous, Rhys Clarke, French international Remy Marginet, Liam McAvoy and Evan Simons as confirmed in the Thunder squad for the 2018 season as Thunder aim to lay early foundations in the continued pursuit of progress.

Securing what he describes as one of the club’s most important signings in its history, head coach Jason Payne said. “I’m delighted we’ve been able to sign Liam for 2019, he is exactly what we have been after for a while.

“He is an experienced half who can get us around the field and control the game for us and there’s no better than that than Liam. I genuinely believe that in terms of controlling a game, composure and decision making, all the vital parts of the game, he is still one of the best in Super League so we’re really lucky to have him and really excited for what he will bring.

“Getting him signed for next season has happened pretty quickly. Michael Carter and Chris Chester were both great when we went to speak to them about the possibility of getting Liam here, they were really good about it and understood if he wanted to carry on playing.

“We then progressed things pretty discreetly and luckily it’s come off for us.”

Liam Finn said: “I’m not really ready to hang my boots up yet and Jason asked if I would be interested in coming to Newcastle and he sold the club to me, what he thought I would bring and what we could do together next season.

“In terms of my role, I’ll be looking to help control the team, help other people to play well and understand their roles and then move people around the field so they don’t have an awful lot to think about when they are playing.

“It’s not something that I’ve really done before, play outside the rugby league corridor so I started to get really excited about it and it is a fantastic opportunity to help some lads from outside the rugby league heartlands to improve and to try and help the club to where it wants to be.”