WATERHEAD WARRIORS, like Manchester United, is known as the ‘Theatre of Dreams’.
Half-back Liam has signed for Warrington Wolves and second-row forward Harry for Salford Red Revils.
“We are known as the ‘Theatre of Dreams’ as so many young plays go on from here to fulfil their dreams,” explained club chairman Mick Slicker snr.
And the evidence is undisputed as former Warriors include Rugby League legends Kevin Sinfield, Paul Sculthorpe and Barry McDermott.
Players like Jordan Turner, Nathan Mason, Josh Johnson and Eamon O’Carroll are all currently on the books of Super League clubs while other old boys include Danny Sculthorpe and Mick Slicker jnr who have also played top-flight rugby.
Mr Slicker was also delighted to see Sinfield finish runner-up in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
He said: “I would like to think Kevin’s success will encourage young players to take up the sport throughout the borough, and not only at Waterhead.
“When they see a local hero doing well, hopefully they will want to associate themselves with that sport and go to whatever club.”
Presentations are to be made to Liam and Harry on Friday, January 22 when Warriors hold their second annual fund-raising ball at the White Hart, Lydgate.
And they will be adding further names to the club’s roll of honour that was launched at last year’s event.
While the junior section at Peach Road is flourishing, the senior section has struggled in recent years back back-to-back relegations left them in National Conference League, division three.
And it looked for a time that they might finish bottom of that and have to apply for re-election. However, a purple patch in July and early August, when they won four out of five games, was suffice to lift them clear of danger as they finished fourth bottom with five victories and 15 losses from their 20 league games
Mr Slicker snr said: “I view it as a successful season from where we started as many thought we would not be able to field a team.
“We have never missed a match, though one day we only had 11 players, and that has been a great achievement.”
Mr Slicker also paid tribute to coach Dave Orwell saying it was challenging for him operating with a small pool of players.
And Mr Slicker is looking to the future with confidence adding: “When I took over as chairman, I knew it was a long job and it is ongoing.
“Hopefully we have bottomed out after after a troubled couple of years and we can add a few more bodies next year as we need experience.
“We are a young side and the players ought to have benefited from the experience and we will be looking for an improvement next season, may be to finish four places higher than this year.”
Mr Slicker is looking ahead with optimism to the new season that begins in March explaining that the number attending training has been greatly encouraging.
He added that second-row forward Orwell, whose career with Huddersfield Giants was cut short by injury, is to resume playing while a couple of other players are returning having been unavailable last season.
“Only time will tell, but I think we will be fine and hope to continue taking small steps. It would be nice to build on last season and may be finish mid-table,” he said.