Nine of the Robins’ scholarship players will be given the opportunity to continue their progress with the U19s next season having been rewarded with new deals by the club.
Ben Holdstock, Cory Sanderson, Chris Smith, Liam Wake, Liam Harris, Kieran Moran, Trevor Oloutch, Will Jubb and Harvey Clappison will all be making the step up to the next level in 2014. Player Performance Manager Pete Grayburn is delighted that they’re remaining with the club to further their education, both on and off the field, and said:
“Six of the boys – Ben Holdstock, Cory Sanderson, Chris Smith, Liam Wake, Liam Harris, Kieran Moran - will be going onto our AASE Programme (advanced apprenticeship in sporting excellence) which will provide them with a rugby league orientated education and a BTEC Level 3 qualification.”
“That’s based down at MS3 Craven Park where they’ll do the education side of things alongside their rugby league training. The boys will be with us in a full-time environment so we’ll be able to keep an eye on their progress on both fronts. The remaining three of the nine – Trevor Oloutch, Will Jubb and Harvey Clappison - will be training with us on a night and we’re delighted for all of them.
“I was very happy with the season the U16s had and it’s not all about winning at that level. It’s about learning their trade, game preparation and getting them ready for the step up to the U19s. All of the lads played a part this season, regardless of whether they’ve stayed with us for next year or moved on. We had a really good team ethos and it’s been a privilege and a pleasure to be part of that group of kids.”
PHOTO CAPTION (L-R): Chris Smith, Liam Wake, Liam Harris, Kieran Moran, Ben Holdstock, Harvey Clappison, Will Jubb, Cory Sanderson, Trevor Oloutch