Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Ready to Rumble with Thunder; Rockets Ace Lewis Signs a Deal with Gene's Men

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Ready to Rumble with Thunder; Rockets Ace Lewis Signs a Deal with Gene's Men

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'CRAMLINGTON Rockets' starlet Lewis Davey is set to go down a storm in the professional game - after signing for Gateshead Thunder.

The 18-year-old has agreed a deal with Stanley Gene's men 10 years after starting his career with the Northumberalnd outfit.

Speaking of his first professional contract, Lewis said: "I am delighted to sign.

"It is a fantastic opportunity for me to further my career in rugby league after completing an intense but thoroughly enjoyable two years playing for the North East's AASE programme, which included working with great coaches.

"My love of rugby league started when I was eight when now club president Steve Beaty Senior saw potential in me.

"He signed me up for his side which was coached by his son Steven, the current Rockets' Community Manager.

"Steven really developed me as a player over the years and gave me the confidence in my own ability to pursue my rugby aspirations.

"He also put me forward to play in the North East's development pathway, which lead on to winning a position in the new scholarship side where I then earned my place on the Advance Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE).

" I am thrilled to sign for such a great club as Gateshead Thunder, where I aspire to push into the first team within the next season."

Steven Beaty was equally excited Davey had been given this opportunity. He said: "I was fortunate enough to be Lewis' first coach at club level and it was soon obvious he had immense spirit.

"It is massive for the Rockets to have players like Lewis who have come through our youth system.

"Not only is he an amazing talent but he is also a very positive role model, someone who kids can look up to and who embodies everything the Rockets are about."

Davey was also one of seven North East rugby league students who had the chance to play against some of Australia's brightest young talent.

He, along with Wallsend prop Sam Luckley, Patrick Hargreaves, Lewis Thompson, Zach Clark, Alex Bielby and Daniel Bleek - all from Gateshead College - were selected for the England Combined Regional Academies tam to face Australian Schoolboys at Derwent Park in Workington. …

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