A closer look at Wigan’s latest Academy graduate, Amir Bourouh.
Young hooker named on the interchange bench for Easter Monday’s clash with Salford Red Devils.
- Bourouh set to be Wigan’s second 18-year-old to make his Super League debut in 2019 following the inclusion of Morgan Smithies in recent weeks.
After being named in a Wigan Warriors 17-man matchday squad for the first time, we take an in-depth look at 18-year-old Amir Bourouh.
Huddersfield-born Bourouh played for Halifax-based amateur club, Siddal ARLFC as a junior. He featured in the same side as fellow Wigan teammate Morgan Smithies.
In 2015, the hooker signed for the Warriors’ Scholarship system at the age of 14. His development in the Academy has seen him represent England Under-16s side, as well as playing a role in the Under-19s success last year.
Bourouh’s dynamic and explosive runs from dummy half has resulted in him playing in all six games for the Under-19s in 2019 and scoring three tries.
The 18-year-old has now been named amongst the interchange bench for Easter Monday’s Super League trip to Salford Red Devils and is set to make his senior debut at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Under-19s Head Coach, Shane Eccles, said: “Amir has made excellent progress during his time with the club coming through the Scholarship and Academy squads.
“This year, he has been a key figure in the Academy and his strength is his pace around the play the ball. It has been great to work with a player who has such a strong work ethic which has seen him progress and develop his skills.
“As a Coach it is fantastic to see young players getting the opportunity to step up and be involved with the First Team.”
Former Under-19s Coach and current First Team Coach, Darrell Goulding, added: “He has really kicked on over the last 12 months. He moved over to Wigan aged 16 and has really applied himself to training and has impressed with his attitude.”