Widnes Vikings have handed professional contracts to two promising youngsters who have been performing well this season for the club’s Under-16 side.
Owen Farnworth and Lloyd Roby have both been given Academy contracts, with their involvement with the Under-16s now at an end.
Roby is primarily a stand-off, but he can play in almost any position on the field if needed.
“Lloyd has an excellent attitude towards training which is clear to see in the progression he has made over the two years he has spent with us,” said Widnes head of youth Phil Finney.
“Lloyd will continue to make great strides in his career if he continues to apply the same commitment that he has done so far.
“I have no doubt he has the ability to progress well at Widnes Vikings.”
Roby himself is relishing the chance to move to a higher level.
“Playing for the Vikings has been a great experience and I have been looked after really well since joining,” he said.
“I have had a really good time and enjoyed the experience so it was an easy decision for me to sign with the club and commit my immediate future.”
Farnworth is a back rower who has played much of his amateur rugby for Chorley Panthers.
“Owen is a very direct player in both attack and defence but also has excellent handling ability which saw him earn a call up this year for England youth,” said Finney.
” I am very much looking forward to see how Owen progresses from the scholarship into the academy and beyond.”