Welsh International Matty Barron will make a return to the pitch for Thunder in 2017 after successfully completing a rehabilitation journey from injury after missing the entirety of 2016 with a broken leg sustained whilst playing for Wales.
A vastly experienced prop, Barron has spent six of the last eight years as a Thunder player, having first become affiliated with the club as a ball boy back at the age of 14 and has made a total of 98 appearances and scoring 13 tries in that time.
Whilst in the colours of Thunder, Barron has also earned international recognition for Wales, qualifying through his mother and having won nine caps to date.
His matches on the world stage include those against Ireland, Scotland and Serbia in the victorious European Cup campaign of 2009, with his last cap so far coming in an 18-12 win over the Scots in the 2015 edition of the tournament.
Cruelly robbed of further involvement following the injury sustained while playing in the Danny Jones memorial match against Keighley, Barron will be hoping a strong season for Thunder, with his trademark power packed runs can earn him a place in the 2017 World Cup Squad.