LIAM Aspin has rejoined Waterhead Warriors after being released by Betfred Super League side Warrington Wolves.
And Warriors’ joint coach Jon Perks is delighted the 18-year-old half back has returned to Peach Road.
“Liam received a few offers from lower division professional clubs, but decided to come back to the amateur game. It is a good signing as Liam has quality and experience of the pro game,” explained Perks.
Aspin, a former pupil at St Edward’s Primary, Waterhead, and Saddleworth School, featured in the Independent two years ago when he signed a two-year pro deal at Wolves where he had been since the age of 13.
Second-row Lewis North, a former England U18 international, is back training having had major shoulder surgery.
North has stepped up to the first-team squad as has former U18 captain Tom Houraghan, also a former England 18 player.
Half a dozen of last season’s U18 squad have now stepped up to the first-team squad.
The U18s are once again training with the open-age team and training sessions have gone well with between 30 and 40 players attending.
Warriors, whose campaign in National Conference League, division three begins at home to Millom on Saturday, February 24, are in action later this month.
They play St Anne’s in the Standard Cup before the end of January. The details had not been confirmed by the time the Independent went to press.
Warriors also a home friendly against Heysham Hattons on Saturday, February 17, one week before their league campaign kicks off.
Perks is confident the club will arrest its slide of recent years – it finished bottom of division three last season.
He said: “We (joint coach Keith Brennan) have had a chat with the players about what has to change.
“It is about attitude and mentality. We have the talent and it is about it coming together, having a good pre-season and kicking on.
“When Keith and myself took over 12 months ago, we always said it would be a five-year plan to get to where we should be.
“We knew we may go backwards, which we did, but now everything is in place to move forward.”
Around 50 former players attended the old boys’ reunion that was organised by Barrie McDermott. The players attending included Shane Tupaea, Richard Russell, Leo Casey, Steve Whitmore, Harry Mayer and Alan Molloy.