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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Workington Town sign Warrington scholarship kid Jack Gaskell

Workington Town have signed former Warrington Wolves scholarship star Jack Gaskell on professional forms.

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Jack Gaskell

The 16-year-old back-row forward, from Broughton, was also a member of the highly-successful Cockermouth Under-16 side that swept all before it this year.

And director Malcolm Allison is delighted he has chosen to turn professional with Town.

“I know other clubs were interested in him,” Allison added. “I’ve watched Jack developing from a young age and he’s a player who has been on our scholarship system.

“He has his sights set firmly on a first-team place in the future and we aim to give him that opportunity in our development environment.

“Jack is a firm indication of our belief of developing our own players and he will follow a similar route to Keiron McAvoy.

“Jack has just spent a season with Warrington Wolves in their Under-16 scholarship set-up where his development has continued, and I’ve been following his progress closely while he’s been down there.”

Ben Lazenby, Warrington’s player performance manager, said: “Working with the Championship clubs is vital for the ongoing development of junior players as well as the long-term vision of the game, and it is something that we at Warrington Wolves are keen to continue to do.

“In this case I believe that the relationship between Warrington Wolves and Workington has been beneficial to all parties, not least for Jack Gaskell who will perform strongly for the Cumbrian club.

“But for both clubs, who, through a continuous and synergistic partnership can work together to see young west Cumbrian players gain the experience of a Super League club’s development programmes and progress locally or within the Super League club.”

Allison also paid tribute to the superb development work undertaken by Cockermouth’s youth coaches.

He said: “That team have gone through unbeaten this season, and that is a fantastic credit to the coaches and staff at the Cockermouth club.

“Jack has been one of the stand-out players in that team this year and there are many others who have performed extremely well.”

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