Liam Finn in shock Newcastle exit as Dewsbury swoop

Dewsbury Rams have completed the coup signing of Liam Finn after he agreed to leave Newcastle Thunder.

The former Super League halfback, Thunder’s headline recruit with an impressive off-season has left after just three games.

He will now link up with the Rams. instead, under Lee Greenwood – a man he played alongside at Halifax and has known for numerous years, following their involvement at Siddal.

“I am really disappointed at having to make this decision, and leave the Thunder after such a short time,” said Finn, whose new deal with Dewsbury will run to the end of the 2020 season. “”It was obviously never the plan, but circumstances change and I have made my decision in that context.

“The club I have left is a great one, with ambition, doing a great deal of good for our game with some fantastic people who work very hard. I’m gutted to have had to make this call, andI hope they – and the Thunder – kick on and achieve what they have set out to do.”

Newcastle Thunder chairman Mick Hogan said: “We are naturally disappointed that Liam is leaving the club, he has been all we expected him to be when we signed him in the winter, an experienced voice and influence within the squad.

“But whilst it is a shame for us, we do understand the strains he has been under with travelling from Wakefield to Newcastle, and we respect his desire to play somewhere closer to his family.

“We would like to thank Liam for all his efforts with Thunder over the last four months, and wish him well for the rest of the Betfred Championship season with Dewsbury.

“We will now move quickly to replace Liam for what is a key position within the team”