THREE former Brighouse Rangers junior players are making a name for themselves in Rugby League and are already signed on with Super League clubs.
The three, Aiden Hema, Tyler Dickinson and Tom Garratt all received awards from Siddal ARLFC after their first season there.
Aiden, elder son of former professional Arnie, scooped the Under 15s Players’ Player of the Year, Tyler went home with the Player of the Year award and both Tyler and Tom, who is in the Under 16s, have been given scholarships by Huddersfield Giants, while Aiden has beensnapped up by Salford City Reds.
Former Brighouse Rangers Under 15s coach Hema said: “The unfortunate thing is that they shouldn’t have had to move to Siddal to have their talents recognised.
“There are so many talented kids down at Rangers, but the scouts seem to by-pass the club and places like Siddal, who have produced so many famous names in the past, are visited by the scouts.”
As well as praise at the presentation evening the Under 15s also won the West Riding League and the West Riding Cup. They are coached by Gareth Greenwood with a little help from Huddersfield Giants hooker Luke Robinson.
Aiden, who plays in the centre, said: “I spent four seasons at Brighouse and to be recognised by my team mates in my first year is a big achievement. The award was a shock and a thrill.
“Salford came round just before Christmas and I have a contract for a year.”
He said it was his ambition to make it as a Super League player.
Tyler, who plays second row or prop,said: “In the past year I think I have improved and developed as a player.
“It was the reputation of the club that lured me away from Rangers and I think we have all settled in really well.”
Tom has probably made the biggest transition of all. He was only at Brighouse Rangers for half a season until the move to Siddal, previously playing football at Clifton Rangers Youth FC.
“I had always played football, but thought I was a little too big for the game. Most of my friends were playing rugby league and said it was good fun, so I made the switch just over 18 months ago.”