A number of talented young players have joined the Club for the 2021-22 season and some have already made their National League debuts. We’ll be profiling some of them to give followers and supporters their background stories and outlining their rugby careers to date.
The front row is a particularly young bunch, made up of hookers Ben Gregory (1st XV skipper) and Pan Stylianou, plus props Matt Ashcroft, Zach Barrow, Sam Kyle-Clay and subject of the first of the previews, Corey Bowker.
Corey grew up in the Wigan area, attended the St John Fisher High School and he started his rugby career at Wigan RUFC at under 10s level. He represented Merseyside for a few seasons and was eventually selected for full Lancashire honours at junior level. He progressed to Kirkham Grammar School and developed his career there and subsequently joined the Sale Sharks Academy.
With qualifications for Scotland via his mother, Corey made the Scottish U’18s squad and subsequently was included in the country’s U’20s squad in 2020-21 and played in two of their matches.
The 19 year old (181 cms & 120kg) is a powerful tight head prop who has looked very comfortable at National League level in his two appearances from the bench to date.
Joint Head Coach Alex Loney said: “Corey has joined us wanting to experience National League men’s rugby after already having some good playing opportunities for a young man, including Scotland U20s in the summer.
“He has plenty to offer both around the pitch and in the set piece. I am really looking forward to seeing him make an impact this season and very pleased to see him settle quickly with other boys in the squad.”
Corey Bowker said: “I think that the quality of coaching is great and there’s a top set of lads in the squad. We’ve had a good start to the season and I’ve been really enjoying it. I’m starting doing some coaching at Kirkham Grammar this year and I linked with Fylde through Mr Trenhaile who put me forward to the coaches, I signed on and enjoyed it ever since!”