Newman joins from Coventry

Half-back Nick Newman is the latest mid-season recruit for Newcastle Thunder, with the talented Australian making the move to the North East from fellow Betfred League 1 club Coventry Bears.

A product of the U20s systems of the Sydney Roosters and the Newcastle Knights, Newman has a reputation of a player with great qualities as an attacking and creative playmaker.

Offering a strong passing and running game, as well as astute kicking and fast thinking decision making, the 22-year-old made the move to the UK off the back of an impressive 2018 season for Lakes United Seagulls, in which they made the finals of the Newcastle Rugby League competition.

Making ten appearances for the Bears in 2019, his four tries and 32 goals have allowed him to make a huge impression in Betfred League 1 and will prove a valuable asset for Thunder in the crucial games to come this year.

Newman switches to Thunder with immediate effect and is eligible for selection for this weekend’s home fixture against Whitehaven.

Speaking on the new arrival, director of rugby Denis Betts said: “I’m very pleased to bring Nick in.  He’s a young half who has a huge amount of potential and can grow as a player along with the team. He’s a good reader of the game; he plays at a good tempo with the ball and can control matches well.

“We’ve moved to bring him in because of that and because we are looking to continually raise our standards by creating competition in the squad and that’s something Nick is going to do.

“He’s shown a great deal of resilience throughout his playing to date and I’m looking forward to him being part of our group.”

Nick Newman said: “I’m really looking forward to getting stuck in and getting started with Newcastle.  Speaking with Simon and Denis, their ambitions they have for the club are something I’m really interested in and joining was an opportunity that was too good to refuse.

“I had a good experience at Coventry, they are a club on the rise. They put 100% into everything like training and game-days and I’ve nothing but praise for them. I wish them all the best.”

“Being an Australian half-back, I like having control of the game as much as I can and control of the players that are out there with me. Having a good pack like the Thunder have is going to make my job a lot easier.

“I’m looking forward to making Kingston Park my home ground with a nice wide pitch as part of a high-quality team.”