Rory Nettleton


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Whitburn Academy alumni Rory Nettleton is one of five home-grown youngster to earn a berth in the senior squad for 2020.

Captaining the Under 19 side through the 2019 campaign, Nettleton is one of the most consistent performers within the academy group and like Ollie Gowing, has already made his first team debut in last season’s record breaking win over West Wales Raiders.

Marked out as an energetic and extremely competitive individual, the Jarrow Viking has stood out throughout his formative years as a middle who is unafraid playing the game in a heads-up fashion and as adept as using skilful passes or direction changes as he is brute force.

Arriving at the club’s academy as an under 16, Nettleton had to work hard to secure his place on the Thunder player pathway, with his commitment and hard work paying off and earning him his chance within the senior ranks.

It is an environment where his excellent attitude and work ethic will harnessed by similar players and will challenge him to develop his game and skill sets further.