After years of hard work and dedication, Reece Lyne has now played 171 games for West Yorkshire Super League club, Wakefield Trinity.
Lyne is originally from Hull and supported Hull FC growing up while playing for Ideal Isberg.
“I grew up supporting and watching Hull FC, a friend of mine who I played amateur rugby with was a massive fan and took me to a game. I became a pass holder from there.
“Junior rugby was great, we had two amazing coaches in Paul Devonshire and Kev Deighton, who really pushed us hard and was professional with us from a young age.
“We ended up really successful and winning everything as juniors,” Lyne told Everything Rugby League.
In 2010, Lyne would make his Super League debut for Hull FC at just 17-years-old and found it difficult to handle the pressure in the early stages, especially in a Rugby League mad town such as Hull.
“Looking back now I probably didn’t deal with it great. It was just like a whirlwind but at the time you think everything is great and you’re coping well.
“Hull is a massive fishbowl so it can really get to you at times. There were a lot of good senior players at Hull at the time though to help me along the way.”
The winger would move to Wakefield Trinity in 2012 and secure a role in first grade.
Since making the move he has come to appreciate the city’s great Rugby League culture.
“Yeah the Wakefield people are really passionate about their rugby, there’s no other pro sport in the city so Wakefield Trinity plays a big part in the community.
“The fanbase isn’t as big as the likes of Hull FC, but they’re really loyal and I still believe there are more fans that could be attracted.”
The 27-year-old made his debut for the England national team in 2018 against France in Leigh and was able to do so with good friend Tom Johnstone, who scored a hat trick in England’s 44-6 victory.
“It was a really proud moment to represent England at the senior level especially alongside my current teammate and friend Tom Johnstone.
“Having all my close family there to watch was brilliant and its something that will stick with me forever.”
Representative duties would not end there for Lyne as he travelled to Australia to represent England in the World Cup 9’s, his first time representing the country on foreign soil.
“Had an awesome experience out in Oz playing in the nines.
“It was my first time out there so was brilliant to experience an amazing country like that. The stadium is obviously fairly new as well so was great to play there and there was a real atmosphere on the day.
His club Wakefield Trinity are currently sitting 9th on the Super League ladder, having played two fewer games than most of the competition.
Lyne feels that if the season recommences the “Dreadnoughts” can really make a push for the top five.
“There’s still a lot of rugby to be played, we’ve certainly got the players to be challenging. We just need a good run with injuries and really put some consistency together in our performances.
“I believe we can challenge the top teams and make a push in the playoffs.”