Following the completion of successful Community Lions Development Days across Yorkshire, Cumbria and Lancashire in November and December; 60 of the best Under-19s in the community game, representing 36 clubs, have been selected for a further trial event at Ruskin Drive, St Helens, that will be shown live via Our League on Sunday 6th February (12:30pm).
The 60 players will be separated into three squads of twenty and everyone will have the chance to impress across three short fixtures.
Ultimately, this will assist Under-19s Lions boss Allan Coleman in selecting a squad for the proposed 2022 European Championships, set to take place in Italy during early September.
Ten players have already represented the Community Lions Under 17s last term, while Hensingham’s Logan Holgate, one of the youngest to receive a call-up, played in the Lions Under 16 international against Wales last August.
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Three others – Mekhi Bridgeman-Reaney (Stanningley) Noah Lancelot and Marco Williamson (Leigh Miners Rangers) each featured in the first round of the Betfred Challenge Cup, while Mason Palmer, one of five West Hull prospects, is already making a name for himself in the first team frame.
“It was a difficult process,” Coleman reflected.
“Our first trial was in Yorkshire and we had over a hundred trialists. We were against the clock in getting a squad together. We’ve got to get these games in before things really start for their clubs. It’s really important then the players can concentrate on their community clubs and we can also get a squad together and do some squad building and training together. I feel that we’ll get it right and I’m really looking forward to this day.”
“The way Alan Davidson and the Lions programme have planned it, it becomes special. Two or three years ago, before Covid, we had a massive turnout. It was on Our League and a lot of people watched. It does build up and there is a big excitement.
“It was good to see we got nominations from a lot of clubs,” he added.
“It’s testimony to the guys coaching these players week in, week out, and producing this talent. We are fortunate that we get to coach the elite, but it’s the community guys doing the hard work and credit should go to them.
“I’m very impressed by the quality within the group. If you can get there and see it live, I’d recommend that, but if not, then you can enjoy on Our League.”
Adam Cash – Odsal Sedbergh
Bailey Arnold – Birkenshaw Bulldogs
Charlie Walker – Brighouse Rangers
Jake Smith – Cottingham Tigers
George Painter – Cottingham Tigers
Kian Fisher – Drighlington
Bradlee Radford – East Hull
Thomas Clarke – Heworth
Jack Briggs – Hunslet Parkside
Bradley Wheeler – Hunslet Parkside
Josh Leeson – Westgate Common
Archie Halmshaw – West Bowling
Max Tordoff – West Bowling
Harvey Oldroyd – Siddal
Harvey Kemp – West Hull
Kieran Welburn – West Hull
Mason Palmer – West Hull
Robbie Jones – West Hull
Sam McCauley – West Hull
Mekhi Bridgeman-Reaney – Stanningley
Connor Foster – Shaw Cross Sharks
Jacob Goodall – Shaw Cross Sharks
Callum Brian – Shaw Cross Sharks
Louis Guthrie – North Leeds Leopards
Alfie Hewitt – North Leeds Leopards
Kian Cockshott – Wibsey Warriors
Andy Djeukam – East Leeds
Atlee-Jack Skillen – Maryport
Blaine Graham – Kells
Jack Ainley – Kells
Taylor Richardson – Hensingham
Logan Holgate – Hensingham
Rio Wilson-McQuistan – Millom
Jack Newbiggin – Millom
David Beck – Ulverston
Evan Foster – Ulverston
Ross Bird – Askam
Mitchell Todd – Lowca
Taylor Roberts – Roose Pioneers
Harry Penny – Ince Rose Bridge
Dylan Turner – Oldham St Annes
Kristian McVeigh – Rochdale Mayfield
Matthew Brown – Rochdale Mayfield
Toby Hughes – Newton Storm
Harrison Picton – Newton Storm
Mark Alban – Newton Storm
Connor Goldthorpe – Thatto Heath
Kieran Dean – Thatto Heath
Matthew Parkes – Leigh Miners
Noah Lancelott – Leigh Miners
Tyler Birtle – Leigh Miners
Marco Williamson – Leigh Miners
Scott Parnaby – Waterhead
Callum Murphy – Waterhead
Josh Wagstaff – Langworthy Reds
Luc Slater – Orrell St James
Ryan Lockett – Pilkington Recs
Josh Clarke – Wigan St Judes
Ryan Wood – Wigan St Judes
Alfie Pyke – Wigan St Judes