Thunder in for ex-Hull half back

Gateshead have signed former Hull half-back Sam Walsh after his two-year drugs ban came to an end.

Walsh, 20, was found guilty of breaching the RFL’s anti-doping regulations while playing for the Hull academy, but his suspension from the game ended on January 30th.

Thunder Head Coach Kevin Neighbour has taken the risk in signing the promising youngster, and believes it could pay dividends for the club.

He said: “Sam was seen as the next big thing at Hull FC and had a bright future ahead of him at a Super League club.”

“He has been punished for something he did and it is something which is no longer a concern for him or Thunder.”

“It is time for him to get back playing and to show everyone what he is about.  He’s only 20, in great shape and he has the chance to get back to the top.”

Walsh will start training with Gateshead immediately, and look to force his way in to their line-up for the opening Northern Rail Cup game against Doncaster on February 12th.

Walsh added: “It has been a tough time for me but it is well and truly in the past and I cannot wait to get back playing.”

“I’ve spoken with Kevin and I am excited by his plans and what he wants to do with the team.” 

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