WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats are setting up a scouting network they hope will help attract the best young rugby league players from around the country to the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.
Led by incoming Youth Development Manager Ryan Hudson, the Super League club is looking for motivated talent spotters to join its group of scouts ahead of the 2013 Super League season.
Wakefield already have a good reputation in the game for producing top young players including current England internationals Gareth Ellis and Ben Westwood.
And Hudson, who played over 50 matches over two seasons in the red, white and blue, is hoping to continue that trend and take it to the next level with the new scouting set-up.
“We want to spot the stars of the future,” he said.
“We’re looking to get as many scouts as possible on board to help us identify these stars of the future and bring them to Wakefield.
“There’s no limit to the numbers we’re looking for, they just need to be enthusiastic, have free time at weekends to watch amateur matches and to have a certain amount of rugby league knowledge.
“They don’t have to be from Wakefield either, I had someone from Devon on the phone to me and the more areas we can have covered the more chance we have of getting the top young players from around the country to this club.”
Hudson, who already runs his own Elite Rugby Academy, for 4-11 year-olds, alongside former Castleford Tigers team-mate Danny Orr, is also well aware of the competition from other clubs when the top players are spotted.
“We need to build the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats brand,” he said.
“It’s our job as scouts to promote that brand to young players and their parents so that they want to come and play for the Wildcats rather than to go elsewhere.
“It’s a great area for rugby league players but it’s also a very competitive area to get those players on board.”
As well as spotting individual players, Hudson and Wakefield are looking to build relationships with local amateur junior and senior sides.
It’s something that will spill over into Wildcats’ senior set-up too, with the club eager for head coach Richard Agar and his playing squad to “have more involvement with local amateur clubs” next season.
“Rich has done a great job with the first team this year in getting them in the eight but he also likes going out and watching local rugby league which is great,”said Hudson.
“He’s a busy man though so it’s our job to help him out in that respect and the setting-up of this scouting network should help out.”
John Holroyd, who is the head groundsman at Stanley Rangers, will continue as chief scout and scouts will also work with Wildcats player performance manager John Kain.
Wildcats fans have seen a number of talented young players feature in 2012 such as Kyle Trout and Lucas Walshaw.
Hudson is hopeful that will continue, and improve, in the coming years.
A full UK driving license and the ability to attend fixtures is crucial in anyone wanting to help out as a scout
The deadline for applicants is Friday, October 19 and anyone interested should e-mail their CV to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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