Newcastle Thunder add impressive ‘x factor’ winger

Gideon Boafo has made the switch to Newcastle Thunder for the 2022 season as he looks to continue his progression in a full-time environment.

The 22-year-old from the capital is an exciting talent who is highly regarded for his speed and has developed strongly whilst part of the set up at London Broncos in recent years.

With their switch to a part-time regime for 2022, Boafo’s desire to continue as a professional rugby player has seen him head north to be part of the new era at Kingston Park Stadium.

First getting into rugby league from watching his brother play, Boafo’s first steps in the game were with community club Croydon Hurricanes, before joining with the Broncos.

Making his first-team debut in 2021 the winger proved prolific, featuring in 13 games and starting nine across the Betfred Championship and Challenge Cup.

Scoring 16 tries in total, including a brace against his new club, Boafo is set to give Thunder additional extra strike in an exciting back line.

Speaking about his move to Newcastle, Boafo said: “I’m really excited to be joining Newcastle and continuing my journey as a professional rugby player.

“That is what I have wanted to be and I needed to continue to be part of a full-time squad to develop, so I am really happy to have the opportunity to be part of what is building here.

“I’m from South London and I’ve never lived anywhere else until the start of the week when I started here, but I am really enjoying it.

“Newcastle is a great place and everyone has been incredibly welcoming and friendly and I am enjoying getting started with the club.”

Head coach Eamon O’ Carroll said: “I’m really please to bring in someone of Gidz quality. He has some X factor about him and I’m sure he’s a signing that will excite our fans.

“Like most lads he’s making a huge commitment, leaving his family to be part of our club but I’m sure he will benefit from the experience and make Newcastle his home.”

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