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 said: "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."