Former Wigan Warriors man locks in club for 2023

Newcastle Thunder have announced yet another retention today.

They have maintained the services of former Wigan Warriors man Jake Shorrocks.

Shorrocks is the fourth member of the 2022 squad to confirm his status as a Thunder player for the new year following the announcements that Craig Mullen, Jack Johnson and Connor Bailey will also be at the club for the new season.

The 26-year-old is into his third season at Thunder following his move from Super League side Wigan Warriors in 2021.

Since his debut in Thunder colours, Shorrocks has made 30 appearances for the club, scoring five tries and slotting 38 goals, taking his point tally to just short of 100 on 96.

The stand-off had also previously enjoyed stints at Super League side Salford Red Devils and League 1 outfits Swinton Lions and Workington Town.

Speaking on his decision to stay in the North East, Shorrocks said: “I’m looking forward to the new season with the boys and getting stuck into things.

“We know last year wasn’t where we needed to be, but after speaking to Chris and hearing how passionate he is about the club I can’t wait to get started with him.”

Chair of Newcastle Thunder Keith Christie said: “It’s naturally been a turbulent time for a lot of the lads over the last few months but we’re delighted to have been able to retain some of the great talent from last year.

“This is a really great opportunity for us to reset, rebuild and ensure we build solid foundations for Thunder moving forward. This is about solidifying the future of rugby league in the North East and ensuring we do everything we can to grow the sport and create a platform for our players for years to come.

“I’m personally very pleased that some of the lads from last year will be around to be part of that, and as a club we want to thank them for their ongoing commitment to Newcastle Thunder.”

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