London Broncos have signed two young Hemel Stags juniors, Alfie Edwards and Daniel Anderson, to become professional rugby league players.
Alfie Edwards is 17 years old has joined the under 19 Academy on a two year contract. Alfie has already debuted for the Championship side in a pre season friendly against the British Army in which he starred on the wing in a 54-8 victory. He is hoping to retain his selection for the first league game against Castleford Tigers on 12th February.
This success is reward to Alfie's performances not only in the London Junior League and the Origin representative programme, but as a 16 year old completing his GCSEs playing in the Grand Final winning adult Eastern Premier League team throughout 2016.
Daniel Anderson has earned a scholarship for the 2017 season in the under 16s. A fast and skillful hooker that is also comfortable at half back excelled in the successful Hemel Stags under 15s squad in 2016. His performances gaining him selection for the North London Origin squad along with 3 of his team mates; Sam Jolly, Ed Shaw and Joe Hunter.
Hemel Stags Community Manager Mike Stewart knows both players very well and had this to say about them: "Both are obviously very talented but they have incredibly professional attitudes which is why they have progressed to where they are. Alfie is always the first to training and with the help of his Dad, Dean, is more than willing to travel the long distances in London Junior League to play rugby league. Dan Anderson has also immersed himself in the club. He undertook his work experience for school in our community department as well as coaching on our summer camps."
Eastern Premier winning coach Ross Merrett commented on Alfie that "The whole club is over the moon for him. For a young lad who doesn't say much, he earns the respect of his team mates through his commitment and performance. We have a lot of good youngsters in our squad who have come through the juniors at Stags, but Alfie's power and speed really make him stand out"
Hemel Stags are very proud to have young players progressing into the professional game in the hope of emulating the likes of Kieran Dixon who is now back at London Broncos and Dan Sarginson, an England regular at centre that has just moved to NRL club Gold Coast Titans. Head of Youth Development at London Broncos Rob Powell said that "It's great to see Hemel boys in our academy again as we haven't had any for a few years. It is testament to work the community staff have done there in rebuilding the juniors to a highly credible set up that has had proven success in the past"