CHAIRMAN’S UPDATE – NOVEMBER 2020

Newcastle Thunder chairman Mick Hogan believes the club are looking forward to a big year in 2021, as he provides an update on current happenings at Kingston Park Stadium.

The Covid-19 pandemic continues to cast a shadow of uncertainty on the make up of the new season, after the 2020 campaign was cancelled, but it is hoped further information can be shared soon.

Hogan said: “We are on a call with the RFL today with fellow League 1 & Championship clubs to discuss current lockdown, potential start dates and competition structure.

“It’s very difficult for sport to plan with any certainty just now and as we have more news we can share it with everyone.”

Thunder confirmed on Wednesday (November 4) that head coach Simon Finnigan would be taking over at Widnes Vikings next season and whilst acknowledging the disappointment brought by that news, Hogan insists there is plenty of welcome announcements to come.

He said: “Whilst it’s disappointing Simon is leaving it’s understandable. It’s his hometown club and a team where he has played previously. He’s been fantastic for Thunder. We wish him all the best and thank him for everything he did.

“Looking forward to next season, we have retained all the players that we targeted to remain with Thunder. There will be a number of new faces, academy graduates and even one returning fan favourite, with all to be revealed in the next few weeks.”

With the 2020 season unable to progress beyond a handful of fixtures as a result of Covid 19, season ticket holders from the aborted campaign can also expect an update in the coming weeks.

Hogan added: “We are easing the staff we have back off furlough and will get straight on with refunds and credits from last year. This is linked to fixtures going forward so there may be a short delay whilst we get sorted.

In the mean time, I’d like to thank everyone for the continued support in strange times. 2021 will be a big year and we’re all looking forward to getting out on the field again…when we’re allowed.”