Bielby set for first team debut

Newcastle Thunder fans are in line to get a look into the club’s future on Sunday afternoon, with the potential first team debut of Adam Bielby against Keighley Cougars.

A member of the Under 19s academy, Bielby, has consistently impressed Thunder’s coaches and should he be named in the match day 17, he will make history.  Bielby will become the first Newcastle Thunder Academy player to make a competitive appearance for the Thunder First Team since the inception of the Thunder Academy, which superseded the North East Regional Academy less than 2 years ago.

The 18 year old from Bishop Auckland is an explosive strike runner, who is comfortable at both centre or second row, and played his junior rugby league at Durham Demons. He is a recent graduate of our further education partner, Tyne Met College, having completed his Level 3 BTEC in Sport.  Bielby’s inclusion into the first team has further added to a successful few months in which he has secured a place on Northumbria University’s Physiotherapy degree – a highly sought after course with a extremely competitive application list.

Speaking about the young prospect, Academy Manager Michael Heap is fulsome in his praise.

He said: “”It is a massive achievement for the club, the academy and everyone connected to it that we have an academy player making the step up to first team and to be doing so in a must win Super 8s game shows how much confidence and faith we have in our academy.”

“Every player within the academy has worked exceptionally hard this year to improve both as a team and individually. There are a number of young players in multiple positions who are really knocking on the door for an opportunity and Adam is certainly one of those.”

“Adam has worked tirelessly this year to improve his individual game, making him an essential component of the ever improving Under 19s side.  He is a real threat with the ball in hand due to his power and pace as well as being a ferocious defender.  Having began playing at Durham Demons before progressing through our Under 16 and Under 19 programmes, Adam has been one of the most consistent performers and already boasts a pretty impressive collection of performances.  I am sure that he will take this opportunity with both hands and will be supported throughout by his team mates, friends and family – as well as the Thunder faithful.”