NEWCASTLE Thunder have named a 21-man squad for Sunday’s game at the Vestacare Stadium.
It includes former Oldham winger Mo Agoro, new signings Misi Taulupapa and Keal Carlile from Featherstone, French international half-back Remi Marginet and unde-19s academy player Alex Donaghy, who had a storming game in a 16-6 win over Wakefield Trinity a fortnight ago.
Squad: Mo Agoro, Harry Aldous, Jack Aldous, Jarod Blanke, Joe Brown, Keal Carlile, Rhys Clarke, Alex Clegg, Tyler Craig, Alex Donaghy, Conor Fitzsimmons, Sam Luckley, Remi Marginet, Liam McAvoy, Aaron Ollett, Liam Richmond, Alex Rowe, Niall Sidney, Evan Simons, Misi Taulupapa, Lewis Young.
Full-back Lewis, a hot property on Tyneside, said:
“Oldham have had some good pre-season results so we know we’re in for a tough game.
“It will be a good test for us to see where we are at as a team and hopefully make it two from two.”
Said to be one of the most exciting talents in League 1, Young will be a key figure in his fourth season with Thunder.
<img loading=“lazy” alt="" class=“alignright style=“max-width: 100%; margin-bottom: 15px;” size-fp-post wp-image-37636” srcset=“https://s3.wasabisys.com/roughyeds/uploads/2019/01/lewisyoung-300x0-c-default.jpg 300w, https://s3.wasabisys.com/roughyeds/uploads/2019/01/lewisyoung-450x0-c-default.jpg 450w, https://s3.wasabisys.com/roughyeds/uploads/2019/01/lewisyoung-600x0-c-default.jpg 600w” sizes="(min-width: 32rem) 300px, 100vw" src=“data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAADs=” width=“600” alt="" />He signed in 2016 after impressing Thunder coaches in training and in his games for Team Northumbria and, three seasons on, he is an in-demand player whom Thunder have had to work hard to keep him in the North-East.
A former junior at Redhill ARLFC in his home town of Castleford, Young honed his skills at Castleford Panthers and Featherstone Lions before moving to the North-East to study at Northumbria University.
Since then he has played half-back, centre and in his preferred position as full-back.
He’s scored 43 tries in 64 games for Thunder, picking up 19 man-of-the-match awards and proving clearly that he’s at the heartbeat of Thunder rugby.
Snow and ice on the pitch and in the environs of the Vestacare Stadium has caused the cancellation of Oldham’s training session tonight for the second time this week.
The coaching staff are hoping everyone will be fit apart from stand-off Paul Crook.
Hopefully, temperatures will rise in the next 72 hours or so to allow Oldham’s fourth and final pre-season warm-up game to go ahead.
Admission prices have been slashed to £10 adults, £8 concessions and free for under-16s with a paying adult. Transfer to seats will be £2.