Ted Chapelhow will join Newcastle Thunder for the 2021 Betfred Championship season as the 25-year-old secures a move from Widnes Vikings.

He joins twin brother Jay in moving to Kingston Park Stadium as they reunite with former Vikings head coach and current Thunder director of rugby Denis Betts.

A product of the Widnes Vikings academy, Ted joined the Vikings along with his brother as a scholar in 2011 from West Bank Bears, as the began representing the team they grew up supporting.

While progressing through the Vikings Academy Ted represented England U18s against Australia, before making his debut for the club in a 2016 Super League clash away to Castleford Tigers.

Ted spent most of the 2015 and 2016 seasons with Whitehaven, before becoming a permanent fixture in the Vikings first-team.

Making a total of 60 appearances as of the end of 2020, including 22 matches in Super League, Ted was originally set to feature for Ottawa Aces next season before the Canadian outfits deferment to 2022 presented an opportunity to remain at Championship level with Thunder, 

“I’m looking forward to getting back playing after so long and meeting all the lads, the team is coming along great and I can’t wait to get up to Newcastle and play my rugby there with the lads, 

“I’m hoping to be a consistent performer in the middle and aim to get Newcastle competing in championship and to be on the journey the club are on in their development. I am always looking to improve my game and be the best I can.

“I think Newcastle is a fantastic club with brilliant facilities, the coaching staff with Dennis and Freddy are one of the best in championship and the club have recruited a squad that is more than competitive for next season and we should be striving to achieve great things!

“The vision the club have and the journey it wants to go on is right up my street and I am looking forward to being on that journey.”

Director of rugby Denis Betts said: “Ted and Jay are big, strong, talented front rowers with good engines who I know well from my time at Widnes.

“They are committed and enthusiastic lads who have ambitions to be Super League players again and see Thunder as somewhere to realise those ambitions.

“Ted and Jay share the beliefs we have in what we are doing and are fully bought in to being part of our journey and plans.”

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