TWO of Warrington Wolves’ potential senior internationals have re-signed for the club in World Cup semi finals week.
England Schools star Liam Hulme, the 17-year-old son of former Warrington, Widnes and Great Britain pack star Paul, is now tied to the club until the end of the 2011 season.
And 20-year-old Tyrone McCarthy, named in the original 40-man Ireland squad before missing the cut for the World Cup, has put pen to paper for another year in primrose and blue colours.
Both players have been much sought after by Super League’s top clubs, with Widnesian Hulme wanted at Leeds before initially committing to Wolves, while Warringtonian and Ireland Students international McCarthy has attracted interest from St Helens and Leeds.
Wolves are delighted that both back row forwards have decided to progress their careers with the club and it is particularly pleasing for director of youth development John Bastian that Hulme, who has captained England at under 16s level, has signed for three years.
He is showing great leadership qualities, just as his dad Paul did as a Warrington skipper in the late 1990s and his uncle (David Hulme) did with Widnes. He will train with the first team when his educational commitments allow.
“He’s a smart kid with a really good attitude and applies himself very well,” said Bastian.
“Liam’s got good footballing skills that we will help him to develop and has some really good physical attributes, which will develop further as he matures.”
Bastian added: “It’s a big year for Tyrone. He’s very single-minded about what he wants to do to develop his career and we’ll give him all the opportunities to develop.”
Hulme, who hails from the Halton Farnworth Hornets amateur club, has been on Wolves' books since April, while McCarthy, going into his fifth year with Warrington, has a background with Woolston Rovers.
A lot of time and effort was put into developing young players under Paul Cullen before his regime ended in May.
Bastian, who has joined Wolves from Leeds Rhinos' highly successful youth set-up, says there is great potential at The Halliwell Jones Stadium and he is looking to build on what is already in place.
"There's several more players pushing up behind Liam and I think we'll see more coming through," said Bastian.
"Ultimately, it's up to them and how far they are prepared to push themselves.
"If they want to get there, they've got to put the effort in.
"There's some good kids already within the first-team squad.
"James Lowes has shown he will push youth through to the top age as long as they put the effort in."