Graham School’s Josh Pickering and Craig Farrell are proving to be a driving force at either end of Hull FC’s spectrum.
Sixteen-year-old pupil Pickering has impressed since taking up a place on the Super League club’s under-16 scholarship earlier this year.
Signing for Hull is a dream come true for meJosh Pickering
Pickering, a Hull FC fan, said: “Signing for Hull is a dream come true for me.
“I support the club and to now be playing for them is great.
“The aim is now to go on and push for the first team over the next few years.”
Pickering is indebted to Graham School PE teacher Farrell, a former Hull FC player, who has been giving a bit back to the club by coaching their young elite players.
The 16-year-old prop forward, who has played two games for Hull FC against Salford and Featherstone Rovers, added: “It’s great to have a teacher with the experience of Mr Farrell.
“He has helped me out massively and he’s been giving me a lot of hints and tips.”
Both Pickering, who notched a try on his debut against Salford, and Farrell’s opportunities heralded from a chance call to Hull FC scout Mel Harman, who initially brought Farrell to the club in the late 1990s.
Farrell said: “I rang Hull about the chance of getting Josh a trial and it all worked out from there.
“Mel asked me what I was doing and they offered me the chance to work with some of the elite under-16s.
“I’m running drills and making sure that the simple things are done well.
“It is good to be able to use some of the knowledge I have picked up over the years to coach these kids, who have great attitude and ability.
“Josh is a perfect example of this because he has a first-class attitude to learn.
“The staff at Graham are so pleased with his progress.
“He has been doing extra sessions with me on a Wednesday after school and he trusts me to push him.
“This kind of thing is why you get into teaching.”