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Warrington Wolves promote juniors from Rylands Sharks and Culcheth Eagles to their academy ranks
12:10pm Friday 11th October 2013 in Wolves news
WARRINGTON Wolves have promoted seven players to the under 19s academysquad ahead of the 2014 season.
Brad Stanway (Rylands Sharks), James Jones (Rylands Sharks), Andrew Philbin (Culcheth Eagles), Ben Stansfield (Ince Rose Bridge), Declan Kay (Shevington Sharks) and junior internationals Harvey Livett (Rylands Sharks) and Morgan Nicholas (Rylands Sharks) have all progressed through the under 16s set-up, benefiting from this season’s Squadbuilder Elite Development Programme.
“It’s a great day for any junior player to sign a professional contract and these players have worked incredibly hard to achieve the first of many of their professional goals,” said Ben Lazenby, Wolves' player performance manager.
“We have signed here some marvellously talented young players who will develop into fine footballers, from tough rugged forwards in Andrew Philbin and James Jones through to deft, gifted footballers with great vision in Brad Stanway, Declan Kay and Ben Stansfield."
He added: “These young men are at the start of their journey.
"They need to be consistent in showing development and improvement in their footballing ability and athletic development alongside their personal qualities.
"They wouldn’t be part of our set-up if we thought they had poor personal qualities, but now they must work even harder, dig even deeper and demonstrate their mental determination to succeed in order to continue on their exciting journey.
"They will have tough choices to make and a step up in intensity of training to contend with but it is also an enjoyable journey with many positive experiences to remember for a lifetime."
Lazenby concluded: "The club would like to thank the committee and members of the Supporters Trust for sponsoring the Squadbuilder Elite Development Programme and are very proud to have signed five players from Warrington who play for local teams (Rylands Sharks and Culcheth Eagles).”
The past year has seen these players extend their training schedule to include additional sessions alongside time spent within the senior academy set-up - mixing with the senior academy players and staff, gaining an education from video reviews and classroom sessions.
These sevenplayers were among those who represented the academy select side against the touring NRL Group 6 under 18s team last week and contributed to a fine all-round team performance; the young Wolves winning 56-10.
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