Saints have signed up 15 up and coming young players who have graduated from the club’s top-rated scholarship scheme.
It follows a successful campaign for the u16s team, culminating in the players penning two-year deals with Saints.
All 15 were part of the recent Australia tour which ended with hard-fought victories over Wests Tigers and Penrith Panthers.
The group will now go on to be part of the under 19s academy and have already embarked on a gruelling pre-season training programme.
Additionally, 14 of them have started on the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) scheme that runs alongside their college commitments. It is designed to give the players extra training and education, designed to help them become an elite athlete. These lads have been involved on Scholarship for some time and have continually demonstrated their potential as Super League players for the future,” said Derek Traynor, Saints Under 19s head coach and AASE manager.
“As Australian tourists, they join an Academy squad full of competition, and this challenge I’m sure will help to drive them onto the next stage of their development and rugby careers. They are a credit to the community clubs that have nurtured them and the Scholarship coaches that have refined their skills over the previous few years.” The signed players are: Aaron Smith, Ben Morris, Chris Worrall, Danny Richardson, David Eccleston, Jake Spedding, James Nicholl, Joe McLoughlin, Jonah Cunningham, Lewis Fairhurst, Lewis Hatton, Liam Cooper, Morgan Knowles, Philip Atherton, and Ricky Bailey.