posted on 21 November 2012

Wakefield Wildcats have strengthened their under 19’s squad with six new additions to help create competition for places under the watchful eye of Stuart Dickens.

The Wildcats have welcomed six new players to the under 19's squad. Top (left-to-right) Connor Wick, Nathan Robinson, Scott Talbot. Bottom (left-to-right) Jack Walton, Tom Johnstone, Jack Teanby.

Last month the Wildcats announced they had offered 12 youngsters their first professional contracts with the club in an initial squad of 20 players for the brand new under 19’s format after the RFL re-structured the scholarship and academy structure throughout Super League.

The under 18’s and under 20’s formats have evolved into the singular competition with the aim to improve standards throughout the top flights academy structures and Trinity appointed Dickens to coach the youngsters in what is a healthy squad after recent additions.

Head of Youth Development Ryan Hudson has been working tirelessly to secure a squad of 26 players for the 2013 season courtesy of money raised through Club 1873.

Three youngsters have arrived from Castleford Tigers including 18-year-old centre or back-rower Jack Walton who arrives on a two year contract. Connor Wick and Scott Talbot have also joined from the Tigers as the 17 year olds look to develop their game at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.

Utility back Nathan Robinson has joined former teammate at Hunslet Warriors Jack Teanby as the 16 year olds look to progress their game as the youngest members of Dickens squad. Tom Johnstone completes the 26 man squad after Hudson signed the 17 year old from Stanningley.

Hudson is delighted with the make-up of the squad after bringing in six new faces.

“We have now created competition in all positions with a 26 man squad. All the lads have been in for the first week testing and their attitude has been impressive. Over the next three and half months we will be  training through the day every Monday and Wednesday to get extra technical and tactical work that is required to improve overall skill and game awareness and also building a bond between players.

“They’re training up at Crofton and we have excellent facilities there including a team lounge where all the boys eat, a snooker table and it’s all aimed at building a great team spirit.”

All money raised through Club 1873 is put into the youth development programme at the Wildcats and this is helping fund the scholarship and academy squads at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium. It costs just £2 a week to join with many prizes throughout the week available do not hesitate and sign up today.

You can sign up by visiting either of the clubs retail outlets at the Ridings Centre or the Stadium Box Office or by calling 01924 211611 / 201548.

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