Gateshead Thunder have today confirmed they have rebranded to Newcastle Thunder with immediate effect.
The Championship One club has also applied to Newcastle City Council to use Kingston Park stadium for their home matches, which is also where union club – and Thunder’s partner club – Newcastle Falcons play their home games.
The rebranding means that rugby league will return to Newcastle for the first time since 1938.
Newcastle Thunder chairman Bill Midgley told the club’s website:
“We are delighted to confirm the name change to Newcastle Thunder. Newcastle upon Tyne is renowned around the world as being a sporting city. With the purchase last year of the club by Newcastle Rugby Ltd, the proposed move to Kingston Park and the support of the city council for rugby league the name change is both logical and the next step in our evolution. With the Super League Magic Weekend coming to St James Park in Newcastle it promises to be a high profile year for the sport in the north east.”