Mills mak­ing im­pres­sion in both codes

Middleton Guardian - - BYGONE DAYS -

IT has been quite a week for young star­let David Mills who, at just 15 years old, made two mem­o­rable de­buts across both codes of rugby.

The multi-tal­ented Lit­tle­bor­ough for­ward first made his War­ring­ton Wolves rugby league academy de­but against New­cas­tle Thun­der last Wed­nes­day be­fore go­ing onto make his Lan­cashire Rugby Union de­but against arch ri­vals York­shire the very next Sun­day.

De­spite York­shire tak­ing the vic­tory at Ald­wini­ans Rufc, David put in a nerve­less per­for­mance at eight along­side two of his War­dle High school mates Lewis Cross­ley-Cum­mins and Travis Gideon. By fea­tur­ing in the game, David be­came the 10th Lit­tle­bor­ough young­ster to play in county colours this sea­son.

He fol­lowed up this in­cred­i­ble week with an­other ter­rific per­for­mance for War­ring­ton against Brad­ford as they romped to a 36-14 vic­tory. Play­ing along­side an­other Lit­tle­bor­ough Rugby star in Char­lie Sut­cliffe, the two close mates look very com­fort­able in their new sur­round­ings and are build­ing on fab­u­lous foun­da­tions built in ju­nior rugby at both Lit­tle­bor­ough Rugby League and Union clubs.

Char­lie and David have been in­volved in the Un­der 16 Schol­ar­ship Academy pro­gramme since Septem­ber to July, which in­cludes twice weekly train­ing ses­sions at War­ring­ton’s base at the Uni­ver­sity of Ch­ester cam­pus. The coach­ing is led by ex-club for­ward Gary Cham­bers. The young lads have at least six more play­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties against other pro­fes­sional clubs schemes to sus­tain and demon­strate their tal­ents.

David said: “I just love play­ing rugby, be it league or union.”

Sev­eral mem­bers of his fam­ily have ex­celled at the sport. His great un­cle is Stephen Hes­ford, who many re­gard as a leg­end at War­ring­ton. The full back spent 10 years at the Lan­cashire based club from 1975-85 and cur­rently still holds the club record at War­ring­ton for most goals scored (1,112). He was also the club record point scorer be­fore he was sur­passed by Lee Bri­ers in 2011.

David has some way to go if he wants to repli­cate his great un­cle’s suc­cesses in the sport – but this week is as a good start as he could have ever wished for.

David Mills

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