Thunder Players Come on Board for 2017


12th January 2017

Gateshead Storm are pleased to announce that three of Newcastle Thunder's 1st players shall be joining the club for the 2017 season in what would be one of the best coaching backroom teams in the North East.

Daniel Turland, a Scotland Student International, will come in and join the under 12s alongside Rob Jones and Nigel Froggatt.

Daniel plays back row for Newcastle Thunder and will bring in some good knowledge to the forwards to help them progress in the coming season, but also give them the guidance to improve.

Dan had this to say on coming to the club: "I am thrilled to be getting involved with Storm and passing on what I have learned from my different coaches, but also seeing the kids improve.

"Having been part of the club since 2010, I've seen it change over the years, but the one thing that sticks out is that the kids come first at the club and seeing them grow together and make new friends will be great."

In the u14s, Matthew Barron, the former Keighley and York City Knights player, will add his vast knowledge of the game while working with Ieaun Bodman and Mark Hennessey.

Barron, who has nine Wales caps and three European Winners Medals to his name, said: "I am very pleased to be working with the rest of the coaches and the players.

"This is something I have wanted to do for a while - when Rob Jones asked me to come on board I jumped at the chance, not only helping the kids but also coming back to the club I enjoyed playing for and the ethos they have at the club which makes it special to anyone that joins."

And in the latest coup, Newcastle Thunder co-captain and former York City Knights and Whiteheaven player Rhys Clarke will be joining the under 16s in what will be the start of these moving into adult rugby as well.

Rhys comes to Storm after leading Newcastle Thunder to the League One Shield in which they went undefeated through out the Super 8s.

Rhys also started his senior rugby with Storm when he was only 16 while coming through the Thunder ranks at the time.

Rhys will be working alongside Zach Adey and Steven Thompson in what will be a good mix for the u16s to have while still trying to develop there game and also look forward to pushing the lads forward for the Newcastle Thunder performance pathways.

On taking up is new role Rhys said: "I am chuffed to bits to be involved with Storm.

"It's a club I have been involved with since I was 16 and now I have the chance to pass on all my knowledge to the players, but also start me out in my coaching pathway which I am looking forward to.

"While I'm here, my aim will be to make the players better at what they do but also understand the game more so that we can see more Storm lads going on the pathway which I had when i was a kid coming through."

Speaking on the three Thunder lads coming in, Rob Jones was in a Joyful mood: "To have 3 of the North East's finest coaches come in and work with our players is massive not only for them but also for the coaches they shall be working with.

"It's great that they already know the coaches so this will make it easy to get there points across in sessions and games which will only benefit the players in these age groups."

Gateshead Storm are currently on the lookout for new players for their under 7/8s, 9s, 10s, 11s, 12s, 14s, 16s and their two Open Age teams.

Training for the Open Age takes place every Saturday in preparation for the upcoming National Conference League season, with the juniors starting on Friday 27 at Gateshead Stadium.

Thunder Players Come on Board for 2017