TEENAGERS LIAM Aspin and Harry Maders have been honoured by Waterhead Warriors after signing for First Utility Super League clubs.
The boys, both aged 16 and from Waterhead, were the first-ever recipients of the club’s green jacket featuring the club badges of Warriors and the clubs they have signed for.
The jackets were presented to the pair at the club’s annual ball that was hosted at the White Hart, Lydgate.
Half-back Liam has signed for Warrington Wolves and second-row forward Harry for Salford Red Devils.
And it is the fulfilment of an ambition for both lads who are the latest products of Warriors’ renowned junior set up that has produced legends Kevin Sinfield, Paul Sculthorpe, Barry McDermott and current St Helens’ star Jordan Turner.
Liam took particular inspiration to Sinfield as they play similar positions and he has been known to offer him advice.
He said: “There has been the odd time Kevin has given me a tip. It makes you realise what he achieved and makes me work hard.
“As a goal kicker, I was always watching Kevin when he played for Leeds Rhinos. I am a fan of them, no doubt because of him.”
Liam, a former pupil at St Edward’s, Waterhead, and later Saddleworth School, had been at Peach Road since the age of six and remained at the club until last summer when he landed a professional contract at Wolves where he had also been since he was 13.
He said: “It was a relief to get a contract because you always worry you might not get one. Had I not got one, I would probably have tried to become a PE teacher,
“It has been a tough step up training four or five times a week opposed to two evenings.”
Though aged only 16, Liam last season played rugby for Waterhead’s first team and under-18s.
He says Waterhead coach Andy Yates and father Eddie have been the biggest influences of his career.
Harry, 16, had also been at Waterhead since the age of six and he joined Salford aged 14.
Another Rhinos’ fan, Harry has also been at Salford since the age of 14 .
“The training is a big step up as you are doing it most days. I have had to work on the physical and fitness side, especially as I am a forward,” he explained.
Harry is a former pupil at St Edward’s and Newman College and his alternative career plan would have been to become a fitness instructor.