SIGNING – Dean decamps at Kingston Park

Half-back Reece Dean has joined Newcastle Thunder for the 2020 season, as the club moved to strengthen its options in the position ahead of the new Betfred League 1 campaign.

A product of the Hull FC academy system, Dean is a highly rated young English talent who was a key component of the impressive performances of Hull in the U19s academy league.

Building a reputation as a dynamic try-machine, Dean’s route to a career in rugby league was marked out early, with his family having a long history of playing the game with his father and grandfather both taking to the field ahead of him.

Starting to play at East Hull from the age of four, his step forward into senior rugby league with Hull FC was blocked by a serious back injury in his final year and saw the youngster head across the Atlantic as part of the inaugural Toronto Wolfpack squad in 2017.

After returning to the UK, Dean embarked on a career as a prison officer but maintained his involvement in rugby league by playing semi-pro with Doncaster and Hunslet, with more than 25 League 1 appearances to his name to date.

Dean was one of a number of players to shine for the Yorkshire side as the took a valuable win from their match against Thunder at Kingston Park Stadium last summer and is a half-back who likes to play with the ball in hand and attack opposition defences.

He is equally adept in the fullback position and is an accurate goal kicker who is expected to drive standards further within an already focused and exciting group of players.

Speaking about his move to Newcastle, Dean said “Even though it’s a long way for me to come, it didn’t take much selling.  The facilities the club has, having Finny on the coaching staff and people like Bob Beswick and QLT who I know from Toronto and Harry Aldous who I have known from school, it was a no brainer to come.

“Harry spoke very highly about the club, as did some lads who have played here in the past like Benn Hardcastle and Danny Nicklas. I’m a bit late into it, missing the first few weeks of pre-season but I am really looking forward to it.”

Head coach Simon Finnigan said: “Reece is a good young player who knows how to play the game and he was good for Hunslet last year and he will help us.  He played well against us last summer and I think he is going to add value to us.

“I know him a little bit from Toronto, he was quite a bit younger back then and fresh out of Hull’s academy so he has grown up a fair bit and knows his own game a lot more, but he will like how we play. and he will be good for us.“

Reece joins Harry Aldous, Bob Beswick, Sam Blake, Joe Brown, Jed Charlton, Rhys Clarke, Alex Clegg, Dan Coates, Tyler Craig Sean Croston, Ashley Gibson, Kieran Gill, Ollie Gowing, Kieran Hudson, Adam Lawton, Sam Luckley, Rory Nettleton, Quentin Laulu Togaga’e, Colton Roche, Brenden Santi, Evan Simons, Brad Walker, Tyler Walton, David Weetman, Mikey Wood and Lewis Young in the ranks for 2020.

Season tickets to see the Newcastle Thunder squad in action next year are available to buy now by calling 0871 2266060 or visiting the Kingston Park Stadium box office, with prices starting from just £120.

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