It’s a bit of a new era at the Newcastle Thunder with the club taking the step to become semi-pro again in 2023 after taking the leap to be fulltime.
However, that hasn’t stopped the club from being progressive with their squad building for 2023 with fullback / winger Jack Johnson, formerly of the Warrington Wolves, putting pen to paper on a new deal earlier today.
Now former Wakefield Trinity halfback Connor Bailey has followed suit.
A versatile player, he can also operate in the forwards.
Having recently turned 22, Bailey started his career at Belle Vue making his debut during the pandemic against Hull FC in Round 12 of the Super League season which came after the lockdown.
Bailey started that game in the halves as Trinity lost 26-23.
In 2021 he joined Newcastle Thunder on loan having made five appearances for Wakefield.
He impressed joining the club permanently ahead of 2022.
He has now followed Johnson in signing a new deal with the club in an exciting bit of business for the Thunder.
On his new deal at Kingston Park, Bailey said: “I’ve enjoyed my time at Thunder last year. It was a shame that the season didn’t work out the way we planned but I’m looking forward to the new season.
“I’m happy to see that some of the lads are staying because we do have a good group here at Thunder.
“I’m into my third year at the club now and I believe the team is good enough to compete against the teams at the top.
“It’ll be good to get back for preseason and get stuck in with the lads.”
Newcastle Thunder, Keith Christie had previously commented on player retentions and said: “We’re delighted to have been able to retain some of the great talent from last year.
“I’m personally very pleased that some of the lads from last year will be around to be part of the club moving forward and we want to thank them for their ongoing commitment to Newcastle Thunder.”