Six more young players integral to Fylde’s 2019-20 squad

Another six young and talented local players will be competing for places in the 1st XV in the 2019-20 season. Five of them made their National League debuts for the Club in the last season or just before.

Prop forward Adam Joyner: former Kirkham Grammar School player has proved to be a powerful scrummager and all round front rower who has made 12 appearances to date. His progress was checked in December 2018 when he suffered a bad injury which more or less ended his season.

Prop forward Matt Ashcroft: another strong all court prop from KGS who made a big impression in the tight and loose exchanges last season at the Woodlands and gained representative honours for Lancashire and the North Under 20s. Brother of 1st XV lock Nick.

Scrum-half Adam Lanigan, former Fylde Mini-Junior, Colts and AKS product, who stepped up to National League rugby when Cameron Crampton was injured, and looked immediately at home. Quick and accurate service to his half-back partner, with excellent all round support play.

Tom Forster is an accomplished and versatile back who can play at 10, centre or fullback. Tom also came through the M-J, Colts & AKS development route. He went on loan to Preston Grasshoppers in 2015 and stayed there for three seasons during which he made 39 appearances. He returned to Fylde at the beginning of 2018-19 and made his debut as a replacement in the opening game of that season.

James Torkington has been a standout performer for Fylde Hawks in the past couple of seasons and made three 1st XV appearances last season. James came through the Fleetwood RUFC system and is an aggressive, combative and highly mobile backrower. He gained representative honours with Lancashire U’20s and was their leading try scorer in the Jason Leonard Trophy campaign as well as making the North U’20s squad.

George Brookes, another former Kirkham product, made his 1st XV debut in Fylde’s difficult 2017-18 National One season when he made eight appearances. He principally operated at fullback and proved a very powerful runner with a heavyweight kicking game. He had a sabbatical in Australia last season but is returning to the Woodlands for the 2019-20 campaign

Warren Spragg said: “These young players are currently on the fringe of the 1st team squad but all have the potential for a breakthrough season where they could become key figures in the team. It is important for the Club that we have ambitious young players pushing the top players in each position who are ready to grab their shirt and opportunity at any moment. It is great to see George back at the club after some time in Australia and I am excited to see how hard he and the other lads can work to push their way into the match day 20.”

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