Harry Aldous will be back for a sixth season in Newcastle Thunder colours in 2021, as the club secure the services of one of its most consistent performers for its step up to the Betfred Championship.

Aldous has been a mainstay of the clubs second row and loose forward positions for the past five seasons having joined from Hull KR’s U19 set up back in December 2015, with his all-around skill set making him a hugely valuable asset.

One of the quiet men off-field, Harry is a committed and aggressive player with his excellent running lines in attack providing his side with plenty of go forward, while his formidable attitude in defence regularly sees opposition’s irresistible forces met head-on with a strong immovable object.

Now up to 93 appearances for Thunder, he is set to pass the magic century mark in 2021 for the club where he has played all but three of his senior career matches.

Those three exceptions came in the Betfred Championship during a loan spell with York City Knights, where Aldous featured against Featherstone, Widnes and Toulouse

Speaking about his new deal, Harry said: “ Im happy to have signed a new deal at Thunder. This will be my sixth year and since I first came, the club’s goal had always been to get into the Championship, so I’m delighted for all the staff, players and especially the fans that we will now be playing in the champ next year. 

“It’s a massive club with big goals & really doing the right things off the pitch as-well which is good to see. 

“Obviously everyone was disappointed with how the the 2020 season finished after such a promising start. We feel we had the squad to go all the way regardless of what happened. 

“We’ve retained majority of them, we’ve got some solid signings coming in and I know everyone is looking forward to getting back out there and playing in the Championship.”

Director of rugby Denis Betts said: “Harry is a great clubman and a very reliable player. He is a hard worker, is very versatile and is great to have in the squad.

“He never lets anyone down, never disappoints and hits hard. He’s a great retention for us for next season in the Betfred Championship.”

Harry joins Connor Bailey, Bob Beswick, Joe Brown, Rhys Clarke, Alex Clegg, Reece Dean, Alex Donaghy, Kieran Gill, Ollie Gowing, Evan Hodgson, Kieran Hudson, Jack Johnson, Liam McAvoy, Colton Roche, Evan Simons, Cian Tyrer, Calum Turner, Nathan Wilde, Sam Wilde, Mikey Wood, Matty Wright & Lewis Young in the squad for the 2021 season.