Scholars Turn Pro

Saints are delighted to announce that eight Scholars have signed pro-terms with the club.

All have been rewarded for their efforts in the Red V this season and will be travelling to Australia on the bi-annual Academy Tour.

They are:

Josh Simm: Josh, 16, was named the Under 16s Player of the Year at Monday night’s End of Season Awards. He has signed a three-year contract after originally joining the club from Thatto Heath and plays in the back row and at centre. He also has played for England.

Jack Welsby: Jack, 16, has agreed a three-year contract after joining the club from Blackbrook. He is a full back and half back who has also played for England.

Matthew Foster: Matty, 16, has also signed a three-year contract. Like Jack, he originates from Blackbrook. He plays in the back row and has represented England.

Brandon O’Neill: Brandon, 16, has put pen to paper on a two-year contract. He is a hooker who joined the club from Leigh Miners and Widnes Moorfield.

Jake Wingfield: Jake, 16, is a utility player from Blackbrook. He played in Parramatta’s development system under Daniel Anderson after emigrating to Australia for a short while. He has also signed a two-year contract.

Kye Siyani: Kye, 17, is a prop and back row forward. He has signed a two-year contract after coming to the club from Blackbrook.

Kian Horridge: Hailing from Shevington, Kian, 16, is a prop forward who has agreed a two-year contract.

Jamie Little: Jamie, 16, is a fullback from Blackbrook. He has signed a two-year contract.

Derek Traynor, Head of Saints Academy, said: “Congratulations to all the players who have signed pro-terms with the club. They have been rewarded for their hard work and dedication in the Scholarship system and we are looking forward to seeing them progress on to the next stage in their professional development.

“The contracts are testament to not only their attitude to our sport but also hard work of their Community Clubs, coaches and families. We work hard to bring talent into our system and therefore I must also thank the Scholarship staff, coaches and those that go out looking for talent in the community game.

“These players are now working hard in readiness for our Tour of Australia and as the younger age bracket of the squad, will be looking to force their way into the line-up. We have no doubt they can.

“We’re looking forward to seeing how they get on and then welcoming them into our Under 19s Academy next season.”

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