Jamaica international Alex Young has joined Newcastle Thunder on a one-year deal from Workington Town for the 2023 season.
He becomes newly-appointed head coach Chris Thorman’s seventh addition to his squad ahead of the upcoming season, reuniting the pair for 2023.
The winger began his career at Oulton Raiders before enjoying stints in the academy set-up at both Leeds and Huddersfield.
The 23-year-old focussed on his education at Northumbria University, before joining Workington in 2020. He has made more than 40 appearances for the side.
Young made his Jamaica debut at the delayed 2021 World Cup tournament against Ireland in the opening fixture. He also featured in the defeat to Lebanon at the Leigh Sports Village in the final group game for the Reggae Warriors.
Alex Young: I can’t wait to get stuck in
He said: “I’m excited to have signed for Thunder and I’m looking forward to what the new season brings.
“It’ll be good to meet up with Chris again and I can’t wait to get stuck in with the lads.”
Thorman added: “I first came across Alex when he was a Huddersfield academy product. He only narrowly missed out on a first team contract, but you could see his potential.
“He’s had a bit of positive publicity recently having been selected in the Jamaica Rugby League World Cup squad and with his brother Dom featuring for England, which is really great to see.
“Having worked with Alex at Workington I’ve seen over the last 12 months that he is a hard worker, and he has realised what his physical attributes can do in our sport – he’s 6’6” and 100 kilos, playing on the wing. He’s a real weapon, so it was a no brainer for me.
“He’s got a great attitude. He also recently qualified to be a lawyer, which might not mean much in the world of rugby league, but I really like my players to be good people and not be afraid to work hard and Alex committing to his degree shows that quality in him.
“Alex ticks a lot of boxes for me, and if he applies and asserts himself, I’m confident he will be a key member in this Thunder squad.”