Wakefield Wildcats: Teenage prospect Crowther pens long-term Trinity deal

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Teenage forward Jordan Crowther has signed a four-year contract which will keep him at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats until the end of 2017.

Teenage forward Jordan Crowther has signed a four-year contract which will keep him at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats until the end of 2017.

Crowther, 17 last month, made his senior debut as a substitute in Wildcats’ First Utility Super League defeat at champions Wigan Warriors five days ago.

The England academy star was a member of Wildcats’ unbeaten under-16s scholarship squad last year before signing his first full-time deal in pre-season.

A product of the Westgate Wolves amateur club, he said: “Wakefield is the only club I’ve ever wanted to play for, so to get a long contract is great.

“It has been a crazy year to go from playing amateur and one academy game straight to playing against the champions – it’s a dream come true.

“It’s what I used to do as a hobby after school and now I’m getting paid to keep fit and doing something I love.

“I just want to keep pushing and train as hard as I’m doing. I’d like to make a few more appearances this year if I could, but that’s all down to how I train and how hard I work.”

Of last week’s first appearance, Crowther said: “It took a while to sink in and I was quite nervous, but more excited.

“There’s going to be some fear in there going up against Wigan and the size of the pack they’ve got.

“As soon as I took the first drive and made my first tackle it just all fitted into place and sunk in a bit.

“People like Ali Lauitiiti and Danny Kirmond are probably the main reason I’ve come this far. Getting knowledge and experiences from them has been big for me.

“My first proper pre-season was very tough. It’s been draining with 6.30am starts and getting flogged as soon as we come in. It’s been a good laugh, but you’ve got to work hard too.

“The main thing is getting experience and knowledge off the senior players, because look where they are. They’ve got loads of games and trophies between them, so the more information and knowledge you get from them the better.”

Coach Richard Agar is convinced Crowther – and another teenager Max Jowitt, who he expects to play first team this year – are stars of the future.

“The improvement in both of them has been terrific in terms of their physical development, skills development and their attitude to becoming full-time professionals,” Agar said.

“Jordy showed last week he is fearless and what makes it a bit nicer is he is a die-hard Wakefield fan. We have got some clips where we actually found him in the crowd at a game that was on Sky – singing and chanting with all the brigade at the back of the sticks.

“Some of these blokes are his heroes and now he is playing among them and doing a really good job of it. He has always got a massive smile on his face, he is willing and eager to learn and we think both Jordy and Max are players of real potential for us.”

Agar said Jowitt will need to gain around 6kgs in weight before next season, but added: “He has got a terrific engine and he is a bit of a powerhouse.

“He has not looked out of place among men at all and for all his ability, he is a genuinely good kid. All the guys have a lot of time for him.”

Meanwhile, Wildcats’ latest Australian recruit Harry Siejka arrived in this country yesterday and Agar will decide after training today whether to include him in the initial squad for Sunday’s home clash with Catalan Dragons.

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