Gaateshead sign Castleford prop Jonny Payne

Jonathon Payne
Payne is a regular at under-20 level for Castleford Tigers

Gateshead Thunder have signed Castleford Tigers forward Jonathon Payne on loan for the rest of the 2011 Championship One season.

The 19-year-old prop joined the Tigers from the Wakefield Wildcats scholarship system, and figured against York in a pre-season friendly last winter.

Head coach Richard Pell saidexternal-link: "Jonny is very well thought of at Castleford.

"As well as being well equipped for the physical side of the game, he is also a smart footballer."

Pell added: "Castleford believe that he has a big future in the game."