FORMER Stanley Rangers junior Ryan Hampshire has signed a full-time contract with Super League giants Wigan Warriors.
The 17-year-old stand-off has put pen to paper on a four-year deal and is one of six academy and reserve grade players at Wigan to earn new deals.
Together with winger Joe Burgess, loose forward Rob Lever and half-back George Williams, Hampshire has progressed from the Warriors’ scholarship programme and all four represented England Academy in their recent tour against Australia Schoolboys.
U20s prop James Greenwood and U18s full-back Lewis Tierney are the other players to secure new contracts at the DW Stadium.
Warriors U20s head coach and head of youth development John Winder told the club’s website: “The six players are all quality additions to our full-time squad and will benefit hugely from training with the first team and being around experienced professionals on a daily basis.”
Wigan head coach Shaun Wane added: “We are looking forward to these players joining us from November and they have a real opportunity to learn and progress from being around our first team set-up.
“This season we have given a number of our own young players a chance to play first team rugby and there is no reason why some of these boys cannot follow a similar route over the next few years.”
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