Newcastle Thunder to return to part-time status

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Thunder players enter the field for the Friendly match between Newcastle Thunder and Wigan Warriors at Kingston Park, Newcastle on Saturday 22nd January 2022

Championship club Newcastle Thunder will return to a part-time model for the 2023 season.

The side currently sit 11th in the Championship table, having picked up just seven wins from 23. Previous head coach Eamon O’Carroll left the club midway through the season to return to Catalans Dragons’ reserves side. O’Carroll resigned from his position as Thunder boss back in June. 

Newcastle Thunder returned to full-time ahead of the 2022 season for the first time since 1999.

Club chair Keith Christie said: “2022 has been a disappointing season with significant investment made into the club not translating into results on the pitch.

“We will engage with our players and staff regarding the way forward, and will communicate any updates in due course.”

Newcastle Thunder added in a statement: “The club has spent the 2022 season as a full-time environment as it looked to build on preserving its Championship status in 2021.

“Following a thorough review of operations at Kingston Park Stadium the decision has been made to return to running a part-time model from next season.”

What next for Newcastle Thunder?

The north east side currently sit 11th in the table, having endured a disappointing season in the Championship.

The side had won the race to play in the Championship in the 2021 season from League 1. They filled the vacant role left then by Leigh Centurions, who replaced Toronto Wolfpack in the Super League.

Their squad is full of talented players including former Wigan trio Craig Mullen, Jake Shorrocks and Josh Woods. The side also includes Super League experience such as Mitch Clark, Alex Foster and Ukuma Ta’ai. However, they have only picked up seven wins against Workington (twice), Whitehaven, Dewsbury, Widnes, London Broncos and Bradford.

Full-time allowed the side to bring in experienced players and relocate them to Newcastle. However, a change to part-time could see the side lose those members for the 2023 campaign.

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About Josh McAllister 1909 Articles
Journalist. Joined the Love Rugby League team full time at the start of 2022 having been a freelance reporter for several years. Previously media manager for Swinton and Rochdale.

1 Comment

  1. The club employed a head coach who was inexperienced, this division requires a experienced, strong coach, who is more able to lead with passion, not just a pay packet and challenge the players to perform.
    Our coach has possibly only ever been exposed to a fulltime environment? Consequently it looked from outside, the head of rugby and coach, not the players are unable to operate effectively in a part time environment? The inevitable comparisons will be drawn between Barrow?
    From my spectators point of view, this season has felt like we don’t have a team to follow? Too many loan players coming and going, just a collection of individuals who change every week and are not up to the challenges of this division!

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