WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats have signed twelve players to be part of the club’s new under-19s squad for 2013.
The club has retained most of this year’s under-18s team, with ten signing their first professional contracts, and brought two new faces in from other clubs.
Full-back Curtis McDonald has penned terms from Castleford Tigers while hooker Daniel Maskill has also joined the club from Huddersfield Giants.
The new youth side has been set-up as part of the restructuring of the Scholarship and Academy system, which will see one under-19s team rather than under-18s and under-20s sides next year.
The club funds the youth development programme through its Lottery scheme, Club 1873, named after the year of the club’s founding.
And Wildcats chief executive James Elston is delighted that it’s helped in the building on the new youth team.
“It’s fantastic that we’ve been able to offer twelve players their first professional contracts with us for 2013 and we have the members of Club 1873 to thank for that,” said Elston.
“Bringing young players through the Scholarship and Academy is something that every club strives to do and it is a massively important part of us being able to compete for years to come. Allowing them to develop both as players and importantly as rounded individuals naturally costs money, and Club 1873 funding that means we can give these young players the best possible opportunity to fulfil their potential.
“We’ve seen over the last couple of seasons players like Matty Wildie, Kyle Trout and Lucas Walshaw come through to be part of the first team squad and over the next few years we’ll see more players from Wakefield coming through the player development pathway and into the first team squad.”
The Wildcats under 19 squad for 2013 as it stands is: Brandon Conway, Ben Shulver, Josh Kitterick, Jack Anderson, Reece Trout, Jamahle Hunte, Tom Rogers, Jack Hartness, Josh Murphy, Sam Doherty, James Healy, Will Martin, Mathew Cook, Danny Mirfin, Brad Day, Corbyn Kilday, Luke Metcalf, Cameron Leeming, Daniel Maskill,Curtis McDonald.
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