Newcastle centre Joe Brown has signed a new deal with the club for 2o21 as he aims to make the Jamaica squad for the World Cup.
The 33-year-old has scored 63 tries in 232 appearances in 12 years at Thunder. He played for Jamaica against England Knights at Headingley in 2019.
Brown said: “This is my last season as a player and at Thunder and I am looking forward to a big year, especially with the World Cup in the autumn.
“We made a great start to the season club-wise and me personally, so it was a shame the season got cut short in March.
“The club has made some solid signings so there will be lots of competition all over the park and it will bring out the best in the lads.”
⚡️RE-SIGNING⚡️ A ⭕️ will complete in 2021, when Joe Brown will hang up his boots after completing a 13th and final season for Newcastle Thunder and hopefully, playing in the Rugby League World Cup #ThunderFamily #rugbyleaguehttps://t.co/ExQEjqe7UL pic.twitter.com/c3YvspJbvj
— Newcastle Thunder (@ThunderRugby) December 7, 2020
Thunder d of rugby Denis Betts said: “Joe is an evergreen club stalwart and he was in the best shape I’d ever seen him in at the start of last year.
“He is a hugely experienced player and a great leader and he has never let us down since I’ve been at the club.
“He wants to make the Rugby League World Cup so he is going to be very determined to be at his best for us to make those games.”