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Saturday, 29 November 2014

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Cumbrian RL amateur training with Super League Wigan Warriors

Cumbrian prospect Blake Mahovic is trying his luck with Super League champions Wigan Warriors.

Blake Mahovic photo
Blake Mahovic

The Egremont Rangers and West Cumbria Under-18s starlet has linked up with Wigan’s Under-20s.

“He’s with Wigan as a terms and conditions player and deserves, after some fantastic performances locally, to get the opportunity to show what he can do,” said Gary Hewer, West Cumbria spokesman.

“Blake is at university in Manchester but has shown his commitment by still turning out for Egremont and West Cumbria Under-18s.

“He’s another example of how our area produces top class amateurs at international level, and with his athletic ability he could play anywhere in the team.

“He now wants to see if he can take it to the next level.”

Mahovic, who is to tour South Africa with Great Britain Community Lions Under-18s next month, was also a member of Whitehaven reserve-grade’s title-winning side last term and the pro club are keeping tabs on the youngster.

“Blake’s a real gentleman and we have a good rapport with him.

“We are in regular contact,” added Hewer, also an assistant coach at the Recre.

Mahovic was the coaches and players’ player of the season for West Cumbria Under-18s in their title-winning campaign where he showed great versatility.

He started the campaign at centre, moved to the back-row and then to prop.

Hewer said: “Blake went on to be a key figure in Egremont’s promotion this year and the club deserves great credit in nurturing him and other young players.”

Meanwhile, it is understood that plans for a new community stadium in the town are very close to fruition.

Chairman Dick Raaz said: “It’s still going forward and I’m very pleased about that. Hopefully there will be an announcement shortly.”

A fresh long-term lease for the Recre with landlords Whitehaven Miners had been a stumbling block.

  • Haven’s Championship One rivals Gateshead Thunder, bottom of the table and without a win so far this year, have parted company with head coach Richard Pell by mutual consent after just six months in the post.

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