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Saints sign seven scholarship starlets

Saints sign seven scholarship starlets

by: Total Rugby League, August 11, 2014, 11:42 am

St Helens have secured the services of seven young players, six of which hail from the Club’s ‘Outstanding’ Scholarship programme.

Lewis Furlong, Robert Fairclough, Mike Weldon, Josh Eaves, Matthew Costello, Brad Billsborough and Matthew Lees have all put pen to paper on pro terms.

Neil Kilshaw, Saints Player Performance Manager, said: “All seven players are a credit to their community clubs, schools and the army of volunteers that have helped them in Rugby League journey so far.

“Players and coaches are excited about the potential of these players and are looking forward to the hard work ahead in trying to convert that potential into successful careers.

“The players will have a short break to refresh from a tough year before they are integrated into the under 19s squad in readiness for pre-season in November.”

Back row (L-R): Lewis Furlong, Matthew Lees, Mike Weldon, Matthew Costello; Front row (L-R): Josh Eaves, Brad Billsborough, Robert Fairclough

Back row (L-R): Lewis Furlong, Matthew Lees, Mike Weldon, Matthew Costello; Front row (L-R): Josh Eaves, Brad Billsborough, Robert Fairclough

Lewis Furlong – Centre
Scholarship player at Saints for two years and signed from Clock Face having spent several years at Portico Vine

Robert Fairclough – Scrum Half
Scholarship player at Saints for two years, signed from Blackbrook. Played for England Youth v France

Mike Weldon – Second Row
Scholarship player at Saints for two years, signed from Blackbrook

Josh Eaves – Loose Forward/Hooker
Scholarship player at Saints for two years, signed from Clock Face having spent several years at Haresfinch

Matthew Costello – Full Back/Centre
Scholarship player at Saints for two years, signed from Orrell St James

Brad Billsborough – Half Back/Hooker
Scholarship player at Saints for two years, signed from Newton Storm

Matthew Lees – Prop
Scholarship player at Bradford, signed from Rochdale Mayfield

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