Liam Finn leaves Newcastle after three games, joins Dewsbury

James Gordon

Former Wakefield half-back Liam Finn has left Newcastle Thunder after playing just three games for the club to re-join Dewsbury.

Finn, 35, dropped down from Super League at the end of the season, combining playing part-time with a coaching role with Trinity.

However, the increased travelling to the north east has forced him to look for an alternative playing option closer to home.

He said: “I’m really disappointed to have made this decision and leave the club after such a short time. It was obviously never the plan but circumstances change and I’ve made a decision within that.

“I’ve left a great club with ambition that is doing a great deal of good for our game with some fantastic people who work very hard. I’m gutted to have had to make this call and hope they and Thunder kick on and achieve what they’ve set out to do.”

The Ireland international previously played for Dewsbury between 2006 and 2009, scoring more than 400 points in 109 appearances.

His career has also taken in spells at Halifax, Featherstone, Castleford and Widnes.

Thunder chairman Mick Hogan said: “We’re naturally disappointed that Liam is leaving the club, he has been all we expected him to be when he signed in the winter and has been an experienced voice and influence within the squad.

“Whilst it is a shame, we understand the strains that he has been under with the travelling from Wakefield to Newcastle and respect his desire to play somewhere closer to his family.

Finn scored a try and 13 goals in his three League 1 appearances for Newcastle, which included a win away at London Skolars.