Warrington Wolves have promoted academy prop Pat Moran to a full-time contract with immediate effect.
Eighteen-year old Moran has agreed a contract until November 2018.
He joined the Wolves’ scholarship at U15s. Having spent last year with the U19s academy and stepping into a number of Reserves games this season, Moran has earned himself a full-time contract.
“We are delighted to welcome Pat to the next level,” Warrington head of coaching and rugby Tony Smith said.
“He is another fine example of our successful player pathway at Warrington Wolves. The number of players who we now have breaking through from the academy and making the first-team squad is fantastic.
“He’s working hard and developing well. That hard work has been recognised and the offer of a full-time contract has come along.
“I am sure he will grasp that with both hands. He’s got a really promising future and this gives him a chance in a full-time environment to kick on and get to the next level.”
Moran said he is over the moon to sign a new deal.
“I was at college when I got the call; I was in shock. It was a bit emotional,” he said.
“I’m loving my time here and have done from the start. I’m looking forward to getting more experience and learning new things – different ways to play – from the first-team players.
“The young lads getting their chance now gives you something to kick on to. I want to achieve first-team standard too and these are the players I aspire to be like.
“Lee has been brilliant as a coach at U19s – someone to look up to. All the coaches I’ve had at Warrington have had an input into where I am now.
“I’m looking forward to working under Tony; it’s like a dream come true. I’ve watched him coach but to now be coached by him, I’ll be taking this opportunity with both hands.
“I’m a physical player; I like going down the middle. I can use my hands and I can pass. Actually I like to think I’m bit of a halfback but I’m not at all (laughs).”
Phil Jones, head of youth, junior recruitment and development, said: “I am delighted for Pat and his progress to a full-time contract with the first team, this reflects the hard work and desire to improve which he displays at training.
“Every year since joining us as an U15 he has made improvements which shows his attitude and the support he’s received both initially at his community club and then with the Wolves’ coaches at U16s and academy.”