One of Wakefield’s very own academy youngsters has this week made his debut in international colours.
16 year old loose forward Corbyn Kilday represented Scotland, the country where his father is from, on Wednesday evening as the Scotland Under 18’s took on the England Community Lion’s Under 18s at Whitehaven and picked up his first representative Cap.
The Scots fell to a 34-10 defeat against the English youngsters, yet even the disappointing result couldn’t taint the proud moment for Kilday. Talking exclusively to the Wildcats earlier in the week he commented, “It was a fantastic experience and one that I’ll never forget.
“The result was a shame, we lacked experience, but to go out there and play for my country was an amazing feeling and a proud night for my family.”
Having joined the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats Scholarship from local amateur club Normanton Knights at the tender age of 13, Kilday has progressed through the ranks and has recently joined the Academy Under 18’s side.
He explained, “I’m sure there will be a big step up and there is bound to be a difference physically but I’m really looking forward to it.
“I’m going to try and take it all in my stride and carry on progressing under the supervision of my coaches here and hopefully find myself playing Super League for Wakefield in a few years.”
Head of Youth Performance at the Wildcats Tony Drury commented, “This is a fantastic achievement for Corbyn and one that is certainly deserved.
“Along with Sam Doherty, another of our youngsters who recently got called up to the England Academy Side, he has come through our youth system here at the club and this recognition is proof that the programme is working.
“I would like to congratulate Corbyn and I hope this is the first of many representative honours for our young players.”
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