JACK Ashworth has signed his first professional contract with the Saints.
The 17-year-old represented Oldham St Anne’s and has also played for Littleborough ARLFC at junior level, before making his senior debut with Rochdale Cobras.
He was a product of Rochdale’s Service Area Programme and spent time at the Warrington Wolves before injury curtailed his scholarship. He is currently studying at Hopwood Hall College under the guidance of Rochdale Hornets Head of Youth, Matt Calland, who brought Jack to the attention of Saints Development staff.
Jack began the season training with the Hornets and his potential was soon recognised.
And as part of the partnership agreement between the two clubs he began to train with Saints Under 19s.
Now he has become an integral part of the squad, with several impressive performances in the back row and at centre.
Under 19s head coach Derek Traynor commented: “Jack stood out as an impressive athlete when he was training with the Hornets; we invited him into our system and he has worked really hard and earned his rewards.
“This is another example of the positives that can come from the partnership agreement between St Helens and the Rochdale Hornets, I’m sure that if jack continues to develop he has an exciting future ahead of him.”