NEWCASTLE Thunder have secured the signing of talented back row Brad Gallagher for the 2022 Championship season, following his departure from Bradford Bulls.

Last month, Bulls announced that the youngster had been granted an immediate release from his contract to pursue alternative playing opportunities, and he has now found a new home.

A product of Bradford’s academy, Gallagher performed excellently in the junior grades and made his senior Bulls debut in 2019.

Signing a two-year deal in 2020 after impressing coach John Kear in his initial outings, he made a total of 12 appearances for his hometown club.

The last of these came in July, when Bulls threatened to derail the Featherstone Rovers juggernaut at Odsal, only losing 36-30 in a thriller.

Following limited opportunities over the second half of the season, it was announced last month that club and player had decided to part ways, with Thunder moving to bring the 21-year-old to the North East.

An aggressive ball carrier, Gallagher offers a physical presence and versatility.

Speaking on the move, Gallagher said: “Coming up and speaking to Freddy (head coach Eamon O’Carroll) and (director of rugby) Denis (Betts), they sold it to me pretty well.

“The facilities Thunder have, the buzz around the place, the future looks like it’s going to be good for the club and that’s something that was really attractive to me.

“I want to play each week. There is tough competition there but that is what you need and I’m looking forward to the challenge.

“I feel like there are a lot of people I can learn off in this group, both as a player and as a person.”