SHEFFIELD Eagles have swooped to sign a talented young rugby league player from Wakefield College.
Liam Ellis, a second-year member of the college’s successful Rugby League Development Centre (RLDC), has signed professional terms for the Co-operative Championship 1 Grand Final winners for 2013.
The 17-year-old had joined York City Knights earlier this year and played a number of first-team matches after impressing for their under-18s side.
The Eagles have snapped up the versatile player for next season, however, and Wakefield College RLDC head coach Mick Bamford, who has overseen Ellis’s progression, is pleased the player’s hard work has paid off.
“Liam has worked extremely hard in his time at the Wakefield Rugby League Development Centre and has improved rapidly throughout the year,” he said.
“It’s led to a host of clubs, including the York City Knights and the Sheffield Eagles, who Liam has eventually signed for, vying for his signature.
“Liam realises that this is just the start of hopefully a very successful professional career with more hard work to follow, but if he continues to make the rapid progress that he has done already then hopefully his first team debut for the Eagles won’t be too far away.”
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