Warrington Wolves youngsters Sam Marshall and Bobby Shingler have been awarded their first professional contracts.
The duo have impressed with a string of positive displays whilst playing for the club’s Development Academy team, which is run in partnership with Priestley College.
The Development Academy allows young players to develop their skillset alongside their studies, and is designed to catch any potential stars of the future who are ‘late developers’ and therefore weren’t scouted at Scholarship level.
Both youngsters will boost Warrington’s Academy’s front row options and were involved at the weekend in our young Wolves first win of the season in a 26-12 win away to Wakefield Trinity.
Speaking on the news, interim Head of Youth Peter Williams said: “I’m really pleased to get these two lads through and signing their first professional Academy contracts.
“Obviously it’s massively important as a club that we keep producing our homegrown players. With the salary cap what it is and the NRL’s increasing it’s an even bigger quest for us to recruit from within.
“These two boys have shown over the last three to four months that they’ve stepped up their game, they really want the opportunity and therefore they’ve been rewarded with their deals.
“For our Development Academy it shows the strengths and importance of it and hopefully more will follow in the years ahead.”