Warrington Wolves have announced the signing of eight young players as Daryl Powell looks to the future.
Patrick Irwin, Alfie Mather, Frank Sergent, Isaac Reid, Cai Taylor-Wray, Arron Lindop, Thomas McKinney and Lewis Barratt have all signed professional Academy contracts for 2023.
Furthermore, Ben Godwin, Dylan Connelly, Zack Gardner, Sam Roberts, Joseph Hickey, George Dean will all represent our Development Academy at Priestley College alongside their studies, which has the overall aim of progressing players through to our Club Academy.
Warrington Wolves Head of Youth Gary Chambers said: “It is important that we acknowledge the contribution of the amateur clubs and schools who have supported these young men so far in their career.
“Their impact is immeasurable and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them for all their hard work.
“We have a comprehensive scouting process – our scouts leave no stone unturned in ensuring that we select the right players for our environment.
“We are proud of the fact that we recently promoted 7 Warrington community club players into the Academy. Some of these players will receive additional support as part of the development academy at Priestly college under the tutelage of Lee Mitchell and Lee Westwood.”
Warrington’s academy system has been responsible for producing the likes of Ben Currie, Toby King, Riley Dean, Josh Thewlis and Connor Wrench in recent seasons and these eight are hoping to be the next cabs off the rank.
For head coach Daryl Powell, he has already tried to blood other youngsters through the side with Leon Hayes, Luke Thomas and Tom Whitehead all being given a chance by the former Castleford Tigers boss after a dismal year.
Warrington fans will be hoping for more of the same going forward as the club looks to build towards 2023 and a clean slate.