ANOTHER teenager is preparing to make his Super League debut for Warrington Wolves on Sunday.
Toby King, whose brother George was among six British players to pen new deals this week, will replace the rested Ryan Atkins at centre against London Broncos at The Halliwell Jones Stadium on Sunday, kick off 3pm.
King turned 18 on Wednesday and has impressed since joining from Huddersfield’s academy last year, as have his brother and fellow teen Joe Philbin on their recent first-team promotions.
“It’s a great birthday present for him and it’s well deserved,” said first-team coach Richard Marshall.
“He’s being doing really well with the under 19s and has been with the first grade for a few months, so is used to our systems and the way we want to play.
“He’s been one of the highlights of the under 19s team, really skilful on that left edge and he’ll be made-up to make his debut.”
George King returns to the under 19s, while Wolves welcome back a blend of youth and experience in forwards Joe Philbin and Paul Wood.
“We’ll have another look at Joe, who was going well until he got injured,” added Marshall.
“George needs some more game time, it’s not a performance thing we just don’t want to burn these young guys out.
“We don’t want to put a team of young players on debut week in, week out. It’s getting the mixture right and Paul coming back gives us a boost with his experience.
“Hopefully he’s running around like an 18-year-old and getting himself fit for a crucial part of our season.
“He’s a seasoned professional, you don’t get where he is without looking after yourself. He’s done all his rehab and extra passing on top, mithering me and Willie (Poching) to do extra work with him – which is great.”
Former under 20s coach Marshall is also delighted to see academy graduates James Laithwaite, Gene Ormsby and twins Ben and Rhys Evans sign extended deals.
“The future is really good for Warrington in terms of the development and I’m proud to have played a part in that,” he explained.
“Simon (Moran) and the board have invested heavily and it’s paying dividends now.”
The sixth player to sign an extended deal is 27-year-old Anthony England, who joined from Featherstone Rovers last year.
“He was in the Championship for a number of years and the pace and physicality is different,” said Marshall.
“He’s moved over to this area, has settled down with the minutes he’s getting and is finding some form.”