Gill Joins The Thunder
Posted: Thursday 15th November 2018 - 4:00 PM
Castleford Tigers can confirm Kieran Gill will join Newcastle Thunder on a year-long loan.
After just four first team appearances over the past two seasons, Gill will join the League 1 side in search of more regular Rugby League.
Castleford will hold the option to recall Gill back from his loan once the first 10 weeks have past, if required due to injuries.
The 22-year old made his debut for the Tigers in 2017 against St. Helens at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle, showing his skills as a talented finisher as he bagged himself a try. Unfortunately, Gill suffered a serious knee injury in the game which kept him out of action for close to a year.
After his recovery, the winger played in three more games for Castleford in 2018, scoring three tries while also playing three games for Oldham RLFC and once for the Thunder against Bradford.
A local lad, Gill signed professional terms with the Tigers after staring in the sides Academy set up.
Speaking on his move to the North East, Gill said: "I'm really grateful for the opportunity with Thunder after a tough year last year and I'm looking forward to getting back to what I do best, with a team pushing for promotion. It's something that I am very excited to be a part of.
"Coming back from such a major injury was tough mentally and physically but I grabbed every opportunity I got with Cas and I thank them very much for that."
"With Thunder, it's time to start proving myself to everyone and showing what I am capable of doing. I am looking forward to what this year brings."
Castleford’s Director of Rugby sees the move as a chance for Gill to grow as a player: “This move is a massive opportunity for Kieran to play regularly, which he has not been able to do in 2018. The step up for our young players represents a high bar - we are a top four team which makes the standards and expectations required to make the transition into a starting 17 player that much tougher.
“We hope that Kieran’s time with Newcastle and the consistency of play he will enjoy for the first part of the 2019 season will unlock the next stage of his development to becoming a starter for us in the future.”
Thunder head coach Jason Payne said: "I'm really happy to have got Kieran on a season-long loan. He was fantastic for us in the game against Bradford at Odsal this summer as he was working his way back from what was a pretty serious knee injury.
"He has signed a new contract with Cas for this season but knew he needed to play more games to get back to his best and that is something that we are happy to offer.
"Kieran is a brilliant character in the changing rooms which means so much and I'm really excited to work with him towards achieving his goal of playing regularly in Super League."