Hull FC and Newcastle Thunder have announced a dual-registration partnership for the 2023 campaign.
The Black & Whites have teamed up with the Betfred Championship side, allowing the movement of players between the clubs to provide extra playing opportunities throughout the campaign, helping nurture the best young talents for both sides.
Hull FC players will be available for the Thunder when not selected by head coach Tony Smith, while Reserves and Academy players will also available for selection at Kingston Park.
The partnership will also see some of Newcastle’s brightest young talents gain the opportunity to train within a Super League environment, with opportunities for Thunder players to be involved with Hull FC’s various age groups.
Both clubs are running Reserve teams in 2023, which will also enable the movement of players between both clubs when not involved in first-team action.
As part of the partnership, the Airlie Birds will also be playing their part in supporting grassroots rugby league in the north-east, complimenting the expanding work the club are undertaking through their regional development academies over the past twelve months.
In addition, the clubs will work closely off the field sharing best practice in several areas, as well as the opportunity for joint training sessions.
Newcastle, coached by former Hull FC player Chris Thorman, will provide a competitive playing opportunity for Hull FC squad members, with the second division outfit aiming for a strong campaign across an impressive looking Betfred Championship.
Meanwhile, current Hull FC assistant coach Stanley Gene, is a former coach at Thunder.
The north-east has become one of the sport’s key expansion areas in recent years, having successfully hosted six of the last seven Magic Weekends at St James’ Park, as well as the home of the Premier League side playing host to the opening game of the recent Rugby League World Cup as England defeated Samoa; Kingston Park similarly hosted several matches throughout the tournament.
With Hull FC also one of the best supported teams at Magic Weekend in Newcastle, Black & Whites’ supporters will also be invited to Kingston Park for Thunder’s annual Magic Weekend home game which is always a popular event.