With six of the scholarship’s matches in 2017 gone and only three left to play, head coach, Huw Goodwin, reflects on the season so far, ahead of a break that won’t see play resume until August.
The under 16s have recorded three strong wins already, (including thrashing Cumbria by 74 points), and will face City of Hull, Leeds Rhinos and Wakefield when the season gets back underway.
“This time of year when we say goodbye to the under 16s has come around quickly, and as a coach you always would like to have them in your squad for longer.
“They have all developed hugely since joining our club and I am proud of them for the effort, energy, and togetherness that they’ve shown throughout their time in our scholarship programme.
“They have a big month of exams ahead and then onto the next stage – for some that next stage will be stepping into our under 19s squad, and for others it will be continuing on with their community clubs. Either way, I wish them lots of luck, and as always, I will be following their progress.
“For the scholarship programme now, we will have a mini mid-season break before our under 15s return.
“Our scholarship programme this year has continued to develop and I feel our performances in the matches have reflected that development. Importantly, many of the under 15s have already been able to get some invaluable scholarship game experience, which will stand them in good stead as we look to the under 15s fixtures in August.
“Having this next period of training with just the U15s will give them a great opportunity to step out of the shadows of their U16s teammates, and hopefully allow them to further develop their confidence and maturity as they become our senior players in the scholarship squad.
“They have all applied themselves well to this point and so I’m looking forward to seeing how positively they react to the new environment ahead.”