Josh Stoker is relishing the environment within the Newcastle Thunder changing rooms and is confident of pressing on after making his first appearance of the season last weekend.
Stoker has earned plenty of plaudits for his efforts in training over the winter and with competition in his position from internationals like Matty Barron and Vincent Rennie, it is aiming to attain those standards that Stoker says is pushing him on.
Speaking to Thunder TV, he said: “I think it [having high calibre players] has pushed everyone up. You have those kinds of lads that you are looking up to and that you want to be up there, playing with the best and against the best.”
With Thunder in League 1 Cup action on Sunday at Kingston Park, when they host North Wales Crusaders in the competition’s quarter-finals, progress into the last four is something Stoker and his team-mates are targeting.
Stoker said: “We want to win things and win every game that we play. In the cup competitions, we want to go as far as we can and hopefully we can get some silverware for the club.”
Explaining what challenge he expects the Crusaders to provide, he added: “The times I’ve played against them, they have always been physical around the park, especially in the middle, but so long as we have a good start and stay switched on then we have more than a chance.”
Sunday's League 1 Cup quarter-final kicks off at 3pm with tickets now on sale priced at £12 for adult seating and £10 for adult standing. Season ticket holders are reminded that this game is NOT part of the 2017 season ticket package and will need to book tickets to attend.
Advanced purchase offers savings of £3 per adult seated ticket and £2 per adult standing ticket when compared to match day prices so book now!
Tickets are available to purchase by clicking here calling 0871 2266060 (calls cost 10p per minute from a BT Landline) or visiting the Kingston Park Stadium box office.