Stanley Gene will wait until after this afternoon’s team run before deciding whether or not to hand new signing Jordan Meads his Gateshead Thunder debut against Oldham tomorrow.
Meads lands in the North East today after spells in New Zealand and Australia, the Kiwi half-back one of the new wave of faces brought into the club on the back of Newcastle Falcons’ takeover.
Thunder have opted for the influx to buy themselves a realistic chance of a top-five finish, which would earn them a ticket to the promotion play-offs as they eye a rapid ascent into the second tier of English rugby league.
Currently just one point and one place away from that, a run of four wins in their last six games has heightened hopes that the long-time strugglers could finally be on the up again. Whether or not that includes Meads in the immediate term remains to be seen, the former Melbourne Storm and New Zealand Warriors man yet to find out if he will be hurried into action.
Gene said: “Jordan arrives here just before our final training run today, so we will get him in for that and see how he goes.
“It could take a while to learn our game and get used to the guys he is going to be playing with, but we will let him do the team run and have a chat from there to see how both he and we as a coaching team feel about things.”
Thunder were beaten 52-16 by Oldham when the two teams met back in April, the head coach stating: “We are a different team now from what we were then.
“We have had some new signings coming in, guys are getting used to the systems we are putting in place and our recent form has been much better, even if our second half at York last weekend was disappointing.”