Josh to star at Summer Bash

SADDLEWORTH lad Josh Thewlis will step out at the seaside after the next stage of his rugby league career saw him called up to represent Lancashire.

Now he will play in front of hundreds of fans as the ‘Academy Origin’ side will face Yorkshire as part of the Summer Bash event at Blackpool FC’s Bloomfeld Road stadium on Saturday, May 18.

Grasscroft lad Thewlis, who is part of Super League outfit Warrington Wolves’ academy, featured in the first match of the three-game series, which ends on Saturday, June 15 at Odsal in Bradford.

Playing at full-back, he could not stop the white rose getting on top, even though he scored a try in the 24-14 loss at Castleford Tigers’ ground.

But the talent, who came through at Waterhead Warriors before being signed by Warrington, has his eyes on starring for a winning side on the big stage, where all 14 Championship sides will play matches.

Thewlis, 17, is used to having his family in the Independent. Father Kevin hit the headlines when postcards from the Galapagos Islands dropped through his letterbox 30 years after they were sent.

However, after appearing for England’s youth side twice on last year’s tour to France he has another aim – making a first-team appearance for Warrington under boss Steve Price.

He is certainly going the right way about it as his Under-19 side has only lost twice this season.

That is nothing compared to the Under-16s he was part of in 2018, they went the whole of last year unbeaten.

Thewlis said: “That season was really good. Every game was different and each lad had a different role every time we played and it’s a tight bunch, even with the lads who are a year below.

“It shows the talent we have at Warrington and being unbeaten is a reflection of that.

“My plan is to keep building, work hard and keep listening to Steve. Hopefully I’ll wear a Warrington shirt in the next few years. I’ve set my goal and I want to get there.”

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