‘If you’re going to dream - dream big’

Michael Wheldon is touring Australia playing for Saints
Michael Wheldon is touring Australia playing for Saints

Meet Mike Wheldon - a determined young man with a plan, writes Tom McCooey.

The 16-year-old is juggling the demands of school with the sporting limelight with the youngster developing his game at the rugby league club he has supported all his life - Saints.

Now he is looking forward to a trip Down Under in October when Saints take their young players to Australia.

“When I got the letter I couldn’t believe it and was ecstatic but now I’ve settled down,” explained Wheldon.

“The trip is a long way off and I have exams and other very important games to worry about first but when I think of the trip I still get a shiver down my neck!”

The young star can play prop, second row or centre and has been at Saints for 18 months.

“Since the day I was born I’ve supported Saints,” he said.

“I didn’t really have a choice - my whole family are strong supporters of the club so any choice to go against them would have probably resulted in me being kicked out of the house!”

The ultimate dream for Wheldon is to pull on the famous Red Vee of his favourite club at first grade.

But he admits his burning ambition does not stop there - and he may well want to head back to Australia in a few years’ time.

“It would also be unbelievable if one day I could represent my country,” he said, who hailed from Billinge.

“Also, if things go well, I’d love to try my hand in the NRL. It sounds crazy but if you’re going to dream, why not dream big?”