Aldous brothers unite as Thunder-men

Newcastle Thunder will have a band of brothers in their 2017 playing ranks as Harry Aldous is joined by elder sibling Jack on Tyneside for the new Kingstone Press League 1 season.


20-year-old Harry was one of the revelations of the season for Thunder in 2016, making 22 appearances in the second row, as he established himself as a key member of the squad in his first year out of Under 19s level.

Effective in both defence and attack, he is a player Mick Mantelli hails as having a huge amount of potential.

The head coach said, “Harry is only young at 20 but he is a very tough kid and is one of those that we can build the future of the club around.

“For a young kid, he came on over the year and towards the end of the year was playing some decent football.  Next year will be a big year for Harry and there is a big learning curve in front of him and I’ll be spending some more time with him one on one. He’s definitely a player to look forward to seeing.”

Alongside the Aldous already known to the Thunder army, 25-year-old Jack makes the switch to Kingston Park from York City Knights for 2017, with the highly regarded prop

A technically excellent defender who possesses smart footwork and awareness in the tackle, Jack brings over 126 games worth of Kingstone Press Championship and League 1 experience marking him as a quality addition to the Thunder side.

Mantelli said: “I’m very excited to have Jack on board, he is experienced and is well known in the league. It’s a big thing for us to have both of the Aldous brothers.

“Jack he will help stabilise our middle area.  He works hard and you know what you will get from him each week and he can play 80 minutes, which gives me the luxury of rotating a few more of the bigger boys in.”