Eckley Signs into Academy

FOLLOWING the successful 2015 Academy Tour Saints are pleased to announce the signing of second row forward Alex Eckley.

A Pilkington Recs junior and Rainford High pupil, he has progressed through the Club’s scholarship programme and will join up with the Under 19s squad for preseason training next week.

“Alex has made some fantastic developments in the last eight months,” Academy head coach Derek Traynor said. “His attitude and thirst for learning saw him attack pre-tour training with such determination that he made all the staff sit up and take notice.

“This attitude saw him earn selection in the starting 13 for the first tour game, which was an amazing achievement for the youngest player who only turned 16 right at the end of August.

Throughout the tour Alex was an impressive character and he is well placed to continue his development at the next intense level of under 19s rugby.

“His contract is fully justified and a good reflection of the hard work his coaches on scholarship and at Pilks.”

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