Fitzsimmons seals switch from Castleford

Fitzsimmons seals switch from Castleford

14th November 2017

Newcastle Thunder have added a further Cumbrian capture to the squad for 2018, with the signing of Connor Fitzsimmons from Castleford Tigers.

An exciting young talent, the 19-year-old back row is a strong, direct runner with a high skill level and is an adaptable player who is equally at home playing at prop.

Joining from the Super League grand finalists, Fitzsimmons has a full season of League 1 rugby under his belt, having spent 2017 on loan with Workington Town, for who he made 22 appearances over the year.

He joined Castleford in 2015 from the Cumbria RFL Academy, initially on a trial basis, but impressed sufficiently to earn an 18-month deal and become captain of the Tigers Under 19s squad in that time.

Fitzsimmons also earned two Betfred Super League appearances in his stint at The Jungle, having played in a pair of fixtures against St Helens in 2016.

Making the decision to move to the North East after his first meeting with the coaches and visit to Kingston Park Stadium in September, Fitzsimmons states it is the potential of Thunder that made the sale.

He said: “I came to see Jason back in September and was instantly sold on the club. I thought that everything was in place for the club to progress to the next level and I wanted to be a part of that, playing good rugby on a regular basis.

“I think we’ve got a great squad mixed with a lot of youth and experience and I think Payney as the coach will bring out the best in all the players. I really think this squad can push for a promotion spot."

Head Coach Jason Payne said: "I’m delighted Conor has joined the club, he is a young player with huge potential and I believe he has a great career ahead of him. Originally from Cumbria, rugby league is what he loves to do and this is obvious in the way he plays.

"From the first meeting we had with Conor we knew he was the type of person we wanted at Newcastle Thunder, he impressed us straight away with his hunger and ambition. Conor is as tough as they come and the way he presents himself is way beyond his years.

"He has learnt so much from his time at Castleford and I’m sure his experiences there will serve him well in the North East.

"I would also like to thank Craig Harrison for all his help in making this happen."

To see what to expect from Thunder’s latest signing, check out the video above. 

Fitzsimmons seals switch from Castleford