The latest young player to sign up for next season is Nick Ashcroft.
Nick grew up in the Wigan area, attended Standish High School, learned his rugby at Wigan RUFC and eventually moved to Kirkham Grammar School, a more or less identical route to 1st XV team mates Tom Carleton & Ben Gregory. The lock forward (6’6” & 105kgs) joined Fylde last season and, after cementing a place in and skippering the Hawks, he made his 1st XV debut against Old Albanian in April 2017.
He has been a regular in the last two seasons and, although just 21, he has made a total of 57 National League appearances for the Club to date and he scored two tries in the last campaign.
His representative honours include several England Counties U’18s and U’20s appearances. His leadership potential has been recognised by being appointed as captain of Lancashire U’20s and England Counties U’20s on two overseas tours, once in joint charge with Fylde team mate Tom Carleton.
He’s an excellent, athletic lineout jumper, is very mobile and works hard around the pitch. Nick will begin the third year of a politics degree at Lancaster University in October.
Warren Spragg said: “Nick had a really strong 2018-19 season overall and is maturing into a high quality player. His physicality has stepped up and if this continues to progress there is no reason he can’t be one of the outstanding 2nd rows in the league. As I have said, with the retentions of Matt Garrod and Oli Parkinson, there will be serious competition between these lads for the starting spots and I expect this competition to push Nick’s performances up to the next level.”
Nick Ashcroft said: ““I’m excited to commit to Fylde for another season where the club enters its Centenary year. I enjoyed the challenges faced last season and hope to build on the positive process we are making as a squad.
“The competition in N2N is always fierce and this year will certainly be no exception. Looking at the league I’m sure I can speak for the lads in saying that we’re looking forward to coming up against some top quality teams including a number of local rivals.”
Nick Ashcroft is sponsored by Kirkham Grammar School.