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  • 11 Youngsters sign up to Wigan Warriors Academy

  • Scholars earn contracts to join Wigan Warriors Under-19s side

  • Amir Bourouh, Ryan Forshaw, Sam Halsall, Reece Hamlett, Ethan Havard, Ben Holcroft, Jack Kennedy, Max Roberts, Morgan Smithies, Cian Tyrer and Oliver Waite all been handed deals

Wigan Warriors have handed Academy contracts to 11 of the Club’s scholarship players.

All 11 players step up to the Under-19s side after coming through the Under-16s team.

Amir Bourouh, Ryan Forshaw, Sam Halsall, Reece Hamlett, Ethan Havard, Ben Holcroft, Jack Kennedy, Max Roberts, Morgan Smithies, Cian Tyrer and Oliver Waite have all been handed deals.

The Warriors Under-16s won five of eight games in 2017 drawing one. The Under-19s finished top of the table and won the Academy Grand Final for the eighth time in ten years.

Of the 32 players to feature for Wigan in 2017, 22 have come through the Club’s academy and just last month seven Wigan Warriors Academy players were promoted to the First Team.

Wigan Warriors Head of Youth, Matty Peet, said:

“Signing their first professional contract is a proud moment for the lads and their families. They have all worked hard and are a credit to their community clubs and schools.

“We are looking forward to seeing how they progress in the academy.”

Promoted to the Wigan Under-19s team are:

Amir Bourouh – Hooker, Siddal ARLFC & The Brooksbank School

Ryan Forshaw – Half-back, Wigan St Patricks ARLFC & Haydock High School

Sam Halsall – Full-back/Stand-off, Shevington Sharks ARLFC & St Peter’s Catholic High School

Reece Hamlett – Centre, Leigh Miners ARLFC & Cardinal Langley RC High School

Ethan Havard – Prop, Wigan St Patricks ARLFC & St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School

Ben Holcroft – Centre, Ince Rose Bridge & Hindley High School

Jack Kennedy – Winger, Blackbrook ARLFC & Haydock High School

Max Roberts – Centre/Back-row, Blackbrook ARLFC & Westleigh High School

Morgan Smithies - Loose Forward, Siddal ARLFC & The Brooksbank School

Cian Tyrer – Full-back, Leigh Miners ARLFC & St Mary’s Catholic High School

Oliver Waite – Back-row, Siddal ARLFC & Ryburn Valley High School

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