Saints sign up three promising youngsters to Academy contracts

Saints are delighted to announce the signings of Under 17’s players George Delaney from Halton Farnworth Hornets, McKenzie Buckley from Thatto Heath Crusaders and Ellis Archer from Roose Pioneers who have all signed Academy contracts!

The trio have trained in the Club’s scholarship system for a number of years, but their opportunities to play for the Under 16’s team were unfortunately ended with the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.

However three youngsters have shown immense perseverance to their development throughout the difficult year in 2020 and these efforts were rewarded with opportunities to shine in the Under 17s programme with all three impressing in fixtures earlier this year.

The U17s were specifically outlined for those players that had missed a significant part of their development due to the pandemic with the Club committed to providing opportunities for them to progress through our successful pathway.

The trio have all since had the opportunity to represent the Under 19s this season, with Delaney playing eight times, Buckley having made four appearances and scoring one try and Archer scoring twice in five appearances.

Derek Traynor Academy Head Coach, said: “These three young men have continually impressed with their attitude and commitment, refusing to let 2020 deter their development.

“The under 17’s program was a great temporary addition to the pathway and the staff really enjoyed seeing the players enjoying the opportunity to wear the red vee after fearing their chance had gone.

“As a result of the under 17’s program of training and games George, McKenzie and Ellis have moved seamlessly into the Under 19’s squad regularly figuring in the matchday team.

“Their progression is also a credit to their families, their community clubs and their schools. I would also like to thank the scholarship coaches who have consistently adapted with all the added and changeable set of protocols during a difficult period Nationally.” 

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