Thunder strike to sign half-back Lewis

Newcastle Thunder have secured the services of the Hull KR half-back Mikey Lewis for the next four weeks, the highly rated youngster joining the Tyneside club on an initial month-long loan.

A product of the City of Hull Academy, the 17-year-old was added to the Robins first team squad for 2019 in the first year of a three-year deal after shining whilst in the youth set-up.

Having trained in the full-time environment this season as part of his development programme, his move to Thunder will give him the opportunity to showcase his skills in senior rugby.

Lewis will be in contention for selection for Thunder as they gear up to face some of the strongest teams in Betfred League 1 over the coming weeks, with matches against Hunslet, North Wales and Whitehaven taking place during his loan spell.

The youngster will add further competition for spots in the Thunder squad, with Thunder academy graduate Dan Coates and Jy-mel Coleman vying for the number six shirt.

Speaking about Lewis’ arrival, director of rugby Denis Betts said: “He is a young half-back and because of his age, signing was deliberated quite a bit but he is exciting.

“The feedback on him is that he can handle the next level and he wants to play against men and come out of his age group and I think he could be very exciting.

“Our pitch will suit him massively, he is fast and tough and everyone is talking about Mikey being a Super League player in the next couple of years and I felt it was right for us to take an opportunity to see what he can do.

“He’s not going to go straight into the side, he has got to earn his place through training because we are playing pretty well at the moment and our halves are playing good, but we just feel there needs to be a bit more competition for places.”