Brad Walker

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Newcastle Thunder will welcome talented young forward Brad Walker to Tyneside for the 2020 Betfred League 1 season, as the Cumbrian loose-forward joins the club on a season long loan.

The 21-year-old has joined Wakefield Trinity from Widnes Vikings after being granted a release from his contract with the Championship side, but will spend next season developing his game as part of the Thunder setup.

Making his Super League debut in 2016 in a 28-38 win over Castleford Tigers, Walker has made nine appearances in the top tier so far in his career and has played a total of 40 games for the Vikings, who he joined at the age of 16.

With a wealth of experience from the top two divisions in English rugby league, Walker has also played 12 League 1 matches whilst on loan at North Wales Crusaders in 2018.

A ball-playing loose-forward, who lists Sean O’Loughlin as a player whom he looks up to and wishes to emulate, Walker boasts plenty of skill with the ball in hand and will be out to make an impression during 2020.