Warriors Re-Sign Six Top Youngsters

Wigan Warriors can today confirm that hot prospects Ben Kavanagh, Thomas Coyle, Lee Mossop, Nicky Stanton, Joel Tomkins and Sam Tomkins have all signed contracts committing their futures to the Club.

All six are pictured above (from left to right) Nicky Stanton, Joel Tomkins ,Lee Mossop, Ben Kavanagh, Thomas Coyle and in the inset Sam Tomkins.

Kavanagh, Coyle, Mossop, Sam Tomkins and Stanton have all impressed with their performances in the Warriors Senior Academy side in 2007 while Joel Tomkins spent the second half of 2007 on loan at Widnes Vikings. All have been rewarded with full-time contracts.

Ian Lenagan, Chairman said:

“A key part of our strategy for the future is to give young players who have proven their worth and their commitment to the Club the opportunity to progress to the First Team.”

Speaking about the players, Head Coach Brian Noble said,

“I am pleased that we have secured the futures of these young athletes. They all played their part in the Senior Academy team in 2007 which finished top of the table losing only one game in the regular season.

“It shows that the Club continues to look towards the future. Wigan has a great history of producing talented young players and these six are further proof of the quality youth development structures that are in place.

“A huge benefit for these youngsters in becoming full-time professionals is training alongside the first team squad, gaining invaluable experience from being around the likes of Sean O’Loughlin, Richard Mathers, Trent Barrett, Pat Richards and Phil Bailey.”

Fact Files

Name: Ben Kavanagh

Position: Second Row

Age: 19

Previous Club: Siddal ARLFC (Halifax)

2007 Stats: 20 + 1 (sub) appearances for Senior Academy in 2007 scoring 4 tries

Ben won the Edwards-Johnson Memorial Trophy in 2007 as the outstanding Senior Academy player. Ben has represented Yorkshire at junior level, England Schoolboys and England Academy

Name: Lee Mossop

Position: Second Row

Age: 18

Previous Club: Hensingham ARLFC (Cumbria)

2007 Stats: 5 + 9 (sub) appearances for Senior Academy scoring 2 tries

Lee has represented North West Counties at junior level, England Schoolboys and England Academy

Name: Thomas Coyle

Position: Scrum Half

Age: 19

School: St John Fisher

Previous Club: Wigan St Patricks ARLFC

2007 Stats: 19 + 1 appearances in Senior Academy scoring 8 tries and 1 goal

Thomas has represented North West Counties at junior level, England Schoolboys and England Academy

Name: Nicky Stanton

Position: Winger

Age: 18

School: St John Fisher

Previous Club: Wigan St Patricks ARLFC

2007 Stats: 22 appearances in Senior Academy in 2007 scoring 20 tries and 96 goals

Nicky has represented England Academy.

Name: Sam Tomkins

Position: Stand Off

Age: 18

DOB: 23/03/1989

Previous Club: Wigan St Patricks

2007 Stats 13+4 appearances in the Senior Academy scoring 16 tries

Sam has represented North West Counties at junior level and England Academy

Name: Joel Tomkins

Position: Second Row/Loose Forward

Age: 20

DOB: 21/03/1987

Previous Club: Wigan St Patricks ARLFC

Career Stats: 26 appearances for the first team scoring 4 tries

Joel has represented North West Counties at junior level, England Schoolboys and Great Britain Academy.

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