Thunder land former NRL forward

Newcastle Thunder have signed former NRL forward Joel Edwards for the remainder of 2019.

The 30-year-old back rower has played over 100 games in the NRL after spells with Canberra Raiders, Newcastle Knights and Wests Tigers.

In the UK, he was part of York City Knights’ team that earned promotion in 2018 from League 1.

Thunder head coach Simon Finnigan said: “We’ve done our homework on him, he had a good stint at York and they speak very highly of him. I’m pretty happy with our squad but Joel will be a good addition to our middle unit.

“He’ll come in and add more competition for places and will have to fight for his spot like the rest of them.

“He is a good pro, and has NRL experience so we’d expect him to come in and keep them standards. He is a very good defender and consistent in a lot of actions, which is something that our middles are good at as well so he is joining a pretty good company.”