LEEDS-based Rugby league player Davey Dixon has been called up to the 30-man squad for Scotland’s World Cup campaign, writes BEN GUDZEK.
Dixon was Craig Lingard’s fourth signing for Keighley Cougars following his appointment as head coach in September 2016.
As a utility player, Dixon, aged 20, is able to play in positions such as full-back and winger.
His academy career began at Warrington Wolves before he joined Castleford Tigers for three years where Dixon was able to develop his skills.
In the 2016 season, Dixon was awarded the ‘most improved player’ in the Under-19s after an impressive season that led to his first professional contract at Keighley Cougars, who play in the Kingstone Press League One.
He has also featured for the Scotland Under-19s in their recent match against Scottish Students where they lost 24-7.
Dixon feels “amazed” to have been selected for the squad and hopes to bring his work ethic to the international stage – the same work rate that has seen him feature in seven out of eight games for Keighley so far this season. And with the World Cup coming up in the autumn, the 30-man squad won’t be finalised until October.
A Scotland Rugby League representative stated that Dixon will do well to make it to the final squad, given that the group is made up of NRL and Super League players but stated that he is “highly regarded”.