The independent Squadbuilder Association have assisted with the signing of two under 19’s players with strong links to the clubs past.
Both Will Martin and James Healy follow in the footsteps of their famous Granddads , Don Robinson and George Ballantyne who signed for Trinity as young men, both made their first team debuts as 16 year olds and both went on to make 199 appearances in the red white and blue.
Will Martin is in his third season at Trinity, a product of the highly successful QEGS RU set up who has played for the Yorkshire RU age group teams having impressed in last season’s under 18`s.
James Healy is a no-nonsense front row forward from the Hunslet Parkside club and his eye-catching performances for the Trinity under 18`s resulted in call-ups to the Trinty under 20`s and the Scotland under 18`s squad.
Don represented Yorkshire, England and GB and was part of the 1954 World Cup winning team. George played for Yorkshire and both Don and George were firm fans favourites during their Trinity playing days.
The game has changed a great deal since Don and George graced Belle Vue and both men are delighted with the progress made by their Grandsons at Trinity and are looking forward to the coming season.
Stuart Dickens, Wakefield’s under 19`s Academy coach, is pleased with the attitude and commitment of his players.
“Training is going well and the boys are working very hard. I am pleased with their willingness to learn. I am confident that with hard work they will continue to improve. They have the correct attitude and a good work ethic.
“Will, for example, is away at Sheffield Uni and travels to train with us three times a week which emphasises the commitment we have in the squad.”
Sue Parker from the Squadbuilder organisation is pleased to continue the year-on-year assistance to youth signings for the Wildcats that Squadbuilder has managed to achieve over the last ten years.
“We met with Andrew Glover and James Elston and were delighted to see our funds go towards the signing of Will and James. It’s great to see young players get a chance because as fans we love to see ` our own ` make their way in the game.
“The player production line at Wakefield continues to impress and over the last two season we have seen Lucas Walshaw, Kyle Trout and Matty Wildie stake their claim in the first team plus Danny Cowling, Chris Anakin, Liam Kay and Adam Slater are exciting prospects in the full time squad.
“Young players like Will Martin and James Healy can see a career path to the first team and that must make Wakefield Trinity a club of choice for promising local young players.”
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