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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

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Ex-Kells star Jordan snapped up by Warrington Wolves

EX-KELLS amateur starlet Jordan Burns has been tipped for the top after joining Warrington Wolves’ talent-laden junior set-up.

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Tipped for the top: Jordan Burns, in action for Kells, has signed for Super League Warrington’s Under-19 academy

The teenage back-row/centre had been training with the Super League club’s scholarship and has now signed for their Under-19 academy.

“Jordan has shown outstanding commitment throughout the year, travelling the two-and-a-half hours drive to training and back every week,” said Danny Fullerton, his Under-16 coach at Warrington.

“I can’t wait to start working with him in the Under-19s as he is a player I think will just keep getting better. If he keeps his feet on the ground and continues to work hard, make the right choices in life and ensure that all aspects of his development are in order, then I don’t see why he can’t go all the way.

“It won’t be easy and there will be many sacrifices along the way but if he wants it enough, it is there in front of him.” Burns was last week named in the England Academy squad for 2013 and is enjoying his progression through the ranks at Warrington.

He said: “My family have always played rugby and I wanted to follow on from that since starting to play at around seven-years-old.

“As soon as I came down here I felt at home. I couldn’t imagine the set-up and coaches being any better. I’ve spent a lot of time with Danny Fullerton which was a good way to get to know more about what’s going on around the club.”

Burns’ Under-19 coach will Gary Chambers, another former amateur with Whitehaven outfit Kells, who went on to star for Warrington.

Chambers said: “Jordan was recommended to me by my brother, who still has close links with Kells as do I. I watched him a few times and he’s a quality player.

“He can play in the forwards and in the backs which is a bit of a rarity these days and he provides loads of enthusiasm. He’s a really tough guy but he’s got that touch of quality as well – someone who can play in both positions at that level and that standard makes his a rare commodity and that will be well utilised.

“He’s a Cumbrian lad who wants it and he’s really committed to doing well.”

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