Warrington prop Samy Kibula will spend the season at Kingston Park Stadium in 2020, after Newcastle Thunder agreed a season-long loan for the club’s Betfred Championship campaign.

A 21-year-old graduate of Wigan Warriors youth system where he was a two-time Academy Grand Finalist winner Kibula made his Super League debut with the Cherry and Whites against Huddersfield in 2018 aged 19.

Playing on loan in the Championship for Swinton, the 6ft 4” forward gained further experience in the second tier in 2019, playing a total of 23 matches in loan spells with the Lions and Dewsbury.

Moving to the Wolves for 2020, Kibula made two appearances for Steve Price’s side following the season’s restart, including the impressive 36-0 win over Wakefield.

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Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kibula moved to the UK aged two and played both rugby league and rugby union during his formative years.

A consistent performer throughout his career, his physical prowess, leg speed and ball skills make him an exciting talent who will add further depth to Denis Betts and Eamon O’Carroll’s squad.

Looking ahead to his move to the north east, Kibula said “Thunder have some exciting aims and after speaking to the coaches, it’s something I want to be a part of.

“As a player, I like to both carry and tackle hard as well as expressing myself with the ball. I’ve learnt a lot from some great players so far, but now I want to play regular minutes.

“I’ve got good experience of Championship rugby and I hope that can be useful to the club and that we can both grow and do the best we can.”

Director of rugby Denis Betts said: “Samy is a young and enthusiastic player with Super League and Championship experience and a real desire to perform.

“He is very quick for such a big man and has great hands and skills. He wants to be a Super League player and we want him to perform to that level so that we can both achieve our goals and develop together.”

Kibula joins Harry Aldous, 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.