As Newcastle prepare for the new Championship season, they’ve bolstered their pack with the arrival an Irish international.
With two caps for Ireland and experience with Super League outfit Warrington, Pat Moran could be quite the addition for the Thunder as they look to improve after an 11th placed finish in the Championship last season.
Despite being just 23 years of age, he comes with vast experience making over 70 career appearances following stints with Rochdale, Widnes and in France with SO Avignon but most recently featured for London after signing for the club in May of this year.
After a breath stint in the capital, he moves back up north to join another expansion club in the shape of Newcastle.
The prop forward spoke excitedly about the move highlighting the potential of the club: “I’m really looking forward to being at Newcastle. It’s a club with lots of potential and I’m looking forward to getting stuck in.
“I’m trying to have as many adventures as I can. I had a great time in France, enjoyed my time with London last year but I’m really excited about being part of what Thunder are trying to achieve.”
Meanwhile, Head Coach Eamon O’ Carroll echoed this excitement admitting that Moran was nearly a Newcastle player earlier this season: “We tried to get Pat Moran in last year once his season was finished in France and nearly had it done, but he opted for London instead.
“I nearly didn’t get back in touch with him after that. But we monitored him throughout. I am glad we got to the point where we were able to bring him in, because he is going to add great value to the group.
“I like that he took himself out of his comfort zone and went to France and he’s come back a different player. He has been really impressive in the first week of pre-season. He pushes himself and you can see he is hungry to play.”