No 14 re-signing off the rank … prop Matt Ashcroft

Another young talent re-signs for Fylde’s 2020-21 season. Powerful prop Matt Ashcroft has had a gradual introduction to National League rugby since leaving Kirkham Grammar. With Adam Lewis’ retirement, Matt is likely to be prominent and play an influential role in Fylde’s squad during the coming season.

Matt followed the path of his elder brother Nick, playing rugby at Standish High School before moving to KGS for 6th Form study. The 20 year old made his debut against Sheffield Tigers at the Woodlands in September 2018. Over two seasons he’s started five matches and has seen action as a replacement in 20 others. His two tries last season were away and home against Luctonians.

Matt, 6’3″ and 110kg, usually a tight-head prop, is a big presence in tight and loose exchanges, and is very mobile. His leadership potential was recognised by skippering Lancashire U’20s last season and he has also made the North U’20s squad.

Warren Spragg said: “Matt has served a good apprenticeship under Adam Lewis’s wing for the past 2 years and is looking forward to stepping up to make the number 3 shirt his own. We have high hopes for his progression over the next few years and this is a great opportunity for him to show that he is ready to be a main player in the team.”

Matt Ashcroft: “I’m really pleased to sign on this year! I’m looking forward to the new season with all the lads. However, we have pre-season training before the competitive season starts so I’ll just focus on not being sick on the training pitch before then!”

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