KEIGHLEY Cougars will begin their 2023 pre-season schedule with a trip to Tyneside to face the Newcastle Thunder.

The Cougars, who face Castleford Tigers at Cougar Park in Jake Webster’s Testimonial the following weekend, will visit Kingston Park to face Chris Thorman’s side in mid-January.

The trip to Kingston Park is scheduled for Saturday 14th January with a 4:30pm-kick off.

Admission prices for this friendly have been set at £10 for Adults, £8 for Concessions, £5 for 16-24 YAS (Young Adult/Student), and £3 for Under-16’s.

Tickets for this fixture can be purchased in advance of the day by clicking HERE

This will be the first of three meetings with the Thunder in 2023, with the two sides set to face off in the Betfred Championship in February at Cougar Park and once again at Kingston Park in June.

The friendly will also serve as the first meeting between the two clubs for nearly three years.

The last was the now famous Betfred Challenge Cup meeting in the mud at Cougar Park back in February 2020 prior to the Covid-19 pandemic which would curtail that particular season.

Thunder would be promoted later that year after being elected by the Rugby Football League to take the available spot left in the Championship following the withdrawal of the Toronto Wolfpack from the league structure.

By Joshua Chapman.