Scarborough rugby league prospect Josh Pickering has taken another step on the path to the professional game.
The 16-year-old has been handed a place in the under-19s squad of Super League outfit Hull FC when their new campaign gets underway in September.
He said: “Hull contacted me and said that I’ve been given a place in the under-19s next season and obviously I was over the moon with that.
“It will mean a lot of extra training, but now I’m a lot closer to the opportunity of going up to the first team, which is obviously what I want to do.
“I’ll be training as well as studying at Bishop Burton college once the season starts in September, which will be good because their facilities are excellent.”
Pickering feels that he owes a lot to former Hull KR man Craig Farrell, who has overseen his progression at Graham School.
He added: “Mr Farrell has been a massive help to me, he has more than enough experience in the sport.
“If I need a chat about anything, he is there to help.
“I have left Graham now, but when I’ve been back for a few hours the school have asked me to have a chat to a few of the younger students about my progress.
“It is an honour that they are using me as an example of what you can achieve.”