Tom Capper returns for 2018

Fan favourite Tom Capper will return to the Newcastle Thunder ranks in 2018, as he returns to UK shores from a two-year break in Australia.

The 24-year-old winger spent four seasons as part of the Thunder squad from 2012 through to 2015, making 32 appearances and scoring 12 tries and has gained further experience down under, playing for the Western Suburb Magpies.

Playing a total of 44 games and missing no minutes of playing time and is raring to go on his return.

Capper said: ”It was always a definite for me to come back to Thunder, the club gave my big opportunity to progress in rugby in the first place so there was never any doubt I wanted to come back.

”I’m really excited by the opportunity that has been given again to me, the club has progressed so much. Jason explained the vision for the club over the coming years and it’s something I wanted to be a part of. I can’t wait to get started and it’s exactly where I want to be!”

Jason Payne added: “I’m really delighted that Tom has decided to sign with us again. He has had a couple of years in Australia and really matured as a player. He is a great character to have in the changing rooms and always a great teammate.

“I’m sure that Tom will really add some strength to our back line and I’m looking forward to welcoming him back into the team.”

Capper becomes the club’s fourth signing for the 2018 season, following the announcement of Vincent Rennie, Liam McAvoy and Evan Simons all agreeing new deals.