Kingston Park Stadium will see the return of the Mac in 2021, as prop forward Liam McAvoy rejoins Newcastle Thunder for the new rugby league season.

The Cumbrian returns to the Thunder front row after spending a year experiencing life in Australia and joins Bob Beswick, Matty Wright and Lewis Young as confirmed members of the 2021 squad.

Originally joining from Workington at the start of 2017, the 27-year-old has been a stand out player with an impressive tackle rate seeing him regularly topping 50 per game and high energy levels allowing him to enjoy a high amount of game minutes.

With 74 appearances to his name in the purple, black and gold, McAvoy also brings a wealth of experience from almost 100 appearances in the Championship and is certain to continue to set high standards in the upcoming campaign.

McAvoy said: I’m very happy to be signing back with Newcastle Thunder again for 2021. It’s an exciting time to be at the club with Denis and everyone behind the scenes pushing it in the right direction and I’m sure we’ve every chance for success next season.

I’m just back from Australia, where I trained with the Newcastle Knights cup side and I learned a lot from how they do things down there.

I can’t thank Todd Edwards at Cessnock Goannas enough for getting me that opportunity and Tony Gleeson for the experience before the pandemic put a stop to everything.

I’m buzzing to get back into it again with the Thunder boys and bringing those experiences from the last 12 months into pre-season and the 2021 campaign.