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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

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Ledingham back from Germany to push for Wigton shirt

Alistair Ledingham has been playing football in Germany for the most part of a year, and hasn’t had a game of rugby for close on 15 months.

But Wigton head coach Malcolm Brown expects the 19-year-old to be pushing for a first team slot at Lowmoor Road in the coming season.

After welcoming Ledingham to last night’s training session, Brown said: “He has a lot of natural ability and I’m looking forward to seeing how he develops in the weeks ahead.

“They are a talented family and his brother Fergus was our scrum-half last season. I know Alistair will be keen to get into the side alongside him.”

Ledingham took a year out after completing his studies at Wigton Nelson Thomlinson and spent it in Germany, staying with his uncle.

“I was playing football for a lot of the time, at a high standard as well. I was the only Englishman in a team of Germans but it was very enjoyable.

“The last game of rugby union I played was at Aspatria right at the end of the 2010/11 season when I was in the Cumbria team which met Surrey in the County Shield semi-final.

“It was good to get a training session under my belt and I’m looking forward to getting back into the groove at Wigton. It would be good to play alongside Fergus in the first team.

“I started with the Colts and played a few first team games before going off to Germany. I played mainly at fly-half but was at full-back for Cumbria,” he says.

He had been approached to join another club in the county but given the Ledingham ties with the Wigton club there wasn’t much doubt about who he would join.

The third member of the family – elder brother Fraser is a former Wigton player, operating at number eight, but is currently living and working in France.

Head coach Brown added: “He made his senior debut in October 2010 in a 26-10 win at Kirkby Lonsdale when he stood out as one for the future. He grabbed a hat trick of tries playing right wing and in all played eight matches that season, mainly as wing / full-back.”

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