Gateshead Thunder head coach Kevin Neighbour could hand debuts to three new signings in tomorrow’s Championship match against Oldham.
Thunder have signed three players this week, with free agent James Haynes arriving at the club along with Brad Krebs and Ricky Hough, who had been playing in the Conference with Hull outfit Myton Warriors.
They should all be available for Thunder’s game against Oldham at Filtrona Park, South Shields.
Neighbour said: “We needed more options, and the three new lads will put pressure on the players we have already got to keep them at the top of their game.
“James has Championship experience with York Knights, and can play at full-back, centre or on the wing.
“Brad plays second row and Ricky is a loose forward.
“They will all come into my thinking for Sunday.”
Next-to-bottom Thunder lost their last match 46-4 against Rochdale, and go into tomorrow’s game looking to break a five-game losing sequence.
But they will have their work cut out against an Oldham side riding high in second place after winning six of their last eight matches.
But despite Thunder having won just one of their eight games so far, Neighbour remains upbeat.
He said: “We need to break the run we are on.
“Five defeats is not good, but we have been in the game for at least four of those.
“The players just have to do their jobs to the best of their ability for the whole game. We know we can give teams such as Oldham a game, but only if we perform to our maximum.
“We have to believe that if we play well, we will win.
“That’s what it is all about.”
Oldham beat Thunder 54-16 in the reverse fixture last month, and Neighbour says it is essential his side begins the game strongly tomorrow.
“We started well and took the lead down there,” he said.
“We need to do the same again, but this time keep the pressure on and not let them back into the game.”