FOUR MAKE THE STEP UP!
LEFT TO RIGHT: Gareth Greenwood (Halifax ERA), Titus Gwaze, Myles Harrop, Archie Andrade, Joslin Landu, Mark Applegarth (Head of Youth).
From Zimbabwe, Congo, Scotland, Kirby Lonsdale, Rugby Union, to Halifax Elite to Wakefield with a few stops along the way!
Four Halifax ERA players have recently signed professional terms with Super League club Wakefield Trinity.
Their stories about how they got to Halifax ERA and then Wakefield with a few stops along the way are a great read, we spoke to the lads to find out a bit more…
‘I have just signed a first team contract for next season which has always been the dream for me. My route to here has been complicated! I was born in Zimbabwe then moved to South Africa where I started playing Rugby Union. I moved to England and continued playing Union for Huddersfield.
I gave League a go in high school and loved it. I saw the opportunity to join Halifax Elite and I haven’t looked back since.’
‘My story is a bit different too! I was born in Democractic Republic of Congo. I moved to the UK as a child and first played Rugby League when I was 15 years old at school. I enjoyed it that much that I joined Moldgreen RLFC and played some Rugby Union too.
Halifax ERA taught me all the tough stuff I needed to make the step up, both technically and mentally, the coaches Gareth and Lee are my biggest influence so far.’
‘I started playing Rugby aged 9 years old at Ellon Rugby Union in Scotland. I was 16 years old when I went training with Aberdeen Warriors u16s and then saw the opportunity to move to Halifax ERA in England. It was a big decision but I am glad I have done it, the coaches have taught me the fundamentals of the game and got me ready for pro Academy.’
‘I was six years old when I started playing for Kirkby Londsdale Rugby Union in Cumbria. I made the decision to move to Halifax ERA 9 months ago and haven’t looked back.
They gave me the training that allowed me to progress to the level I needed to. I am still quite new to Rugby League but feel I am improving and learning all the time.’