Steve Pickersgill gets the YES!
The newly formed SquadBuilder scheme, set up by fans of Warrington Wolves as part of the new Supporters’ Trust, has successfully aided the club to sign 16 year-old protégé Steve Pickersgill. The Warrington born and bred second row/forward has been tracked for the past few years through the clubs Development Camps, run in conjunction with Warrington Borough Council. The Squadbuilder scheme, which aims to fund young local players from amateurs all the way to the Wolves first team, looks to have a positive impact on the club, the local community and the local players at all levels.
Rugby League runs in the family his father; Roy played for Warrington in the 1970s and his brother John Pickersgill plays with the Warrington’s U19’s. Steven is at currently studying for his GCSE’s as a student at Penketh High School having attended Sycamore Lane Primary School.
The Wolves have tracked Steven since the 1999 Under 14’s Development Camp where he was named in the Merit Team. He has since been part of the Wolves scholarship scheme at 14, 15 and 16 years. He has played for local amateur team Crosfields under coach Doug Johnson in the U16s side which is full of talented players.
SquadBuilder Chairman Mark Fearnley enthused, “This is a great signing for the future of the club and we are only too pleased to be able to help a local lad sign for his local side. I know that the likes of Bradford and Wigan were also taking a keen interest in Steven and am glad he has chosen a future with the Wolves.”
Thanks to the Wolves fans involved in the SquadBuilder scheme Steven will receive an educational apprenticeship at the Wolves and will play a lead role in the newly formed U17’s Academy side this season.
Gary Chambers, Community Development Manager and U17’s Coach commented, “From the Wolves point of view it was important that every effort is made to sign players of Steven’s ability. His development through the camps and the Scholarship has been excellent and the work done by Crosfields has really paid dividends. Steven’s signing is the first step into introducing more players from Warrington to play for Warrington.”