Barron bouncing back from injury

Newcastle Thunder prop Matty Barron is targeting a big year for both the club and himself in 2017, with the Welsh international itching to get the season under way.

The 30-year-old missed all of 2016, following a leg break whilst on international duty in the Autumn of 2015 and after making a return to the field in the pre-season friendly against Whitehaven back in January is aiming to use strong performances for Thunder to force his way into Wales’ squad for the World Cup.

Speaking to Thunder TV, Barron said: “It’s a world cup year for Wales and again, it will be a massive ask to get into that side, but if you haven’t got those aims as a player, you might as well not bother.

“Playing well for Newcastle first and foremost and contribute to the team, especially with some of the younger players coming through and push for that team.

“I want to be in the team every week, which is going to be a tough ask because we have a lot of really good front rowers, so I am going to have to work really hard, but I think that has got to be the goal of any player, to play as many minutes as they can.”

With just over a week to go until the start of the new Kingstone Press League 1 campaign, Barron says this Thunder team has all that it needs to perform well.

“ We are a real team now, we have got everything behind us now with coaching and facilities that we really need to be pushing for promotion.  It will be a massive ask, you have side’s like your Toronto’s who have invested heavily and your usual names like your Barrow’s and Whitehaven’s who are going to come through.

“If we want to push on, we have to be beating those teams or at least competing with them, we can’t just expect to beat the lower teams, you don’t win competitions that way and that’s the mentality we have at the club, we have that fight to the death mentality and I think we will achieve something this year.”

For the full interview with Matty, see the video at the top of the page.