Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have high hopes for their latest intake of young players.
by Peter Smith
Eleven teenagers have joined Wildcats on professional terms and head coach John Kear said: "We are a club that prides itself on producing top-quality players and, at the same time, ensuring that these young men have the best possible preparation for a career in rugby league.
"These are all players with real potential and could have an important role to play in the future of Wakefield Trinity Wildcats."
The new players are: centre Teo Devany and winger Jamahl Hunte (both from Newsome Panthers, Huddersfield); prop Ben Shulver, centre Sam Doherty and hooker Josh Murphy (all Hunslet Warriors); centre Asher Hoyle and half-back Aiden Lister (both Featherstone Lions); prop James Healey (Hunslet Parkside); back-rower Nick Taylor (Crigglestone All Blacks) and half-backs Adam Megreton and Jack Hartness (both Stanley Rangers).
Hunte is a cousin of former Great Britain Test ace Alan Hunte. Doherty, Lister, Murphy and Healey – the grandson of former Trinity forward George Ballantyne – have all been on Leeds Rhinos' scholarship scheme.
Kear added: "Our head of youth development, Tony Drury and player performance manager, John Kain, will be working closely with all of these young men and are to be commended for their efforts in recruiting such outstanding young players."
Wildcats forward Dale Ferguson is recovering after undergoing surgery on a groin injury.
Winger Dale Morton suffered a thigh problem during last weekend's win over Hull and is being assessed by medical staff.
Meanwhile, Wildcats chairman Ted Richardson insists his financial problems will have no impact on the club.
Richardson has entered an individual voluntary arrangement (IVA), following complications arising from the sale of some land to Sainsbury's 11 years ago.