Saints bring in fresh faces

Back Row, left to right: Lewis Furlong, Matthew Lees, Mike Weldon and Matthew Costello. Front Row, left to right: Josh Eaves, Brad Billsborough and Robert Fairclough.
Back Row, left to right: Lewis Furlong, Matthew Lees, Mike Weldon and Matthew Costello. Front Row, left to right: Josh Eaves, Brad Billsborough and Robert Fairclough.

Saints have secured the services of seven young players, six of whom hail from the club’s scholarship programme.

Lewis Furlong, Robert Fairclough, Mike Weldon, Josh Eaves, Matthew Costello, Brad Billsborough and Matthew Lees have all put pen to paper on pro terms.

Neil Kilshaw, Saints’ player performance manager, said: “All seven players are a credit to their community clubs, schools and the army of volunteers that have helped them in their rugby league journey so far.

“Players and coaches are excited about the potential of these players and are looking forward to the hard work ahead in trying to convert that potential into successful careers.

“The players will have a short break to refresh from a tough year before they are integrated into the under 19s squad in readiness for pre-season in November.”

Centre Lewis Furlong, scrum-half Robert Fairclough, second rower Mike Weldon, loose forward Josh Eaves, full-back Matthew Costello, and half-back Brad Billsborough have all been scholarship players at Saints for two years.

Lewis had been signed from Portico Vine, Robert and Mike from Blackbrook, Josh from Clock Face, Matthew from Orrell St James and Brad from Newton Storm.

Prop Matthew Lees was a scholarship player at Bradford after being signed from Rochdale Mayfield.