Weetman promoted to first team squad On Field September 13, 2017 Newcastle Thunder have added one of their top young, local academy talents into the senior squad for the next two seasons, having handed a permanent contract to young forward David Weetman. A product of the club’s academy structures, the 19 year-old from Cramlington has impressed throughout his time on the club’s player development pathways with his ability and attitude, earning his professional break after completing his time with the Under 19s. Adept across the park, Weetman has been settling into the role of loose forward and has been named in the extended 19 man match day squad on a number of occasions in 2017, as he has gained an insight into professional rugby league. A strong player who runs good lines, Weetman’s early rugby saw him play at hooker and in the halves, with a well developed skill set the result. Offering plenty off the ball, with quick defensive retreats and excellent push supports and kick chase, Weetman is a product of the junior set up at his home town club Cramlington Rockets and will be hoping to break into the senior team in 2018. He is highly regarded for his attitude, with head Academy coach and first team assistand Michael Heap fulsome in his praise of the new addition. “David is a player with a great attitude and a lot of potential and has worked hard in his time with the academy. He is a leader on and off the field and has been captain of our Under 19s side in what has been their strongest season to date. “He has a good engine and can play big minutes with a number of full 80 efforts this year and with the continued help of his great support networks, can look forward to achieving even more.” Weetman becomes Thunder’s fifth signing for 2018, joining Tom Capper, Liam McAvoy, Vincent Rennie and Evan Simons in committing for the new season.