Warrington Wolves have signed Steve Pickersgill on full time contract.
Home grown talent Steve Pickersgill, 18, a front rower who has had a successful season winning the U18s First Division Grand Final and playing on the England Academy Under 18 tour of Australia and New Zealand has been snapped up by Paul Cullen to be a part of the first team squad for Superleague X.
Steve signed for the Wolves at the age of 14 under an educational apprenticeship in conjunction with Warrington Borough Council, having played his junior rugby at Crosfields ARLFC. He is the younger brother of John, 20 who plays for the Wolves U21s team. He is a highly rated young player who has featured for both Junior and Senior Academy sides since 2003. His father Roy is a former Warrington player playing in the 70’s.
Steve has featured in the first team friendlies against Widnes on Boxing Day 2003 and in Mark Hilton’s Testimonial game against Leigh in January 2004. He made 9 appearances for the Senior Academy and appeared in all the Junior Academy games last season scoring 12 tries. This season he has been ever present in the line up for both teams, with 10 appearances for the Senior Academy scoring 2 tries.
Head Coach Paul Cullen commented on his new signings, “Steven Pickersgill is an exceptional and versatile forward with great potential, who will operate as a full time professional. He will be offered every facility to achieve his goals.
“Steven was our only representative on the successful GB U18s Academy tour of Australia in the summer.”