Kieran Hudson

One of three players to graduate from Thunder’s U19 academy for 2019, Hudson has enjoyed a meteoric rise through the rugby league ranks that continues to gather pace.

Making his first team debut in July 2018 against Hemel Stags, the youngster impressed with his performance and having shone throughout the year with the club’s academy side, will now be a full fixture in the senior squad.

A former academy goalkeeper at Sunderland AFC, Hudson was released by the football club at 15 and has since been making waves in rugby league since first coming into contact with the sport as a pupil at Whitburn Church of England Academy.

Coached by Newcastle Thunder players Joe Brown and Rhys Clarke and inspired by those sessions, Hudson went on to play for local amateur side Jarrow Vikings before enrolling on to Thunder’s college programme which the club runs in conjunction with Tyne Met College

It was here that he caught the eye of Thunder’s management and ultimately drafted into the full Under 19 academy.