Reece Dean First Team Halfback Sponsor Available to sponsor - Please call 0191 214 2896 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, 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 is a half-back who likes to play with the ball in hand and attack opposition defences and is equally adept in the fullback position. He is an accurate goal kicker who is expected to drive standards further within an already focused and exciting group of players.