Another club forced to withdraw from rugby league due to financial problems

Every club dreams of joining the likes of Leeds Rhinos, Wigan Warriors, Warrington Wolves and St Helens at the top table in Super League and Newcastle Thunder were well and truly a team who believed they could do that.

But in a cruel twist of fate, the club have been forced to withdraw from the 2024 season after relegation from the Championship in 2023.

They made the following statement:

Following the official confirmation that Newcastle Thunder has been relegated from the Betfred Championship this season, Newcastle Thunder Ltd has made the difficult decision not to participate in next season’s competition.

It is with great sadness that we make this announcement. Growing rugby league in the North East was an incredible journey, and we are all devastated that it did not work out. Unfortunately, the impact of COVID-19, combined with the low levels of regional growth and development in the game, means it just isn’t feasible to continue.

We will be fulfilling all our player and staff contracts and will do our best to support them in finding new positions where possible. The time all our staff and players have put into the club reflects how much we have invested in Newcastle Thunder and is a testament to the hard work they’ve carried out.

The Board at Newcastle Thunder would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to our dedicated current and former staff, players, coaches, volunteers, and generous sponsors. Their unwavering support has been instrumental in sustaining our competitiveness throughout the years.

We would like to thank our devoted fans, whose loyalty has been an incredible source of motivation over time.

This was not the decision we wanted to make, and we remain hopeful that we can find a new home for the team.

No further statements will be given at this time.