Pro clubs claim a stake in Panthers’ perfect 10

Chorley Panthers scholarship players'Left to right, Owen Farnworth,Christian Kellett, Adam Hooper, Jai Lilley, Joe Sharratt, Alfie Bowers, Josh Rourke, Cameron Moss, Jake Pass, Matty Ashcroft.

Chorley Panthers scholarship players'Left to right, Owen Farnworth,Christian Kellett, Adam Hooper, Jai Lilley, Joe Sharratt, Alfie Bowers, Josh Rourke, Cameron Moss, Jake Pass, Matty Ashcroft.

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As a youngster starting out playing the sport you love, the dream is always to make it as a professional.

So often you here children say they want to be professional footballers, cricketers , rugby players etc.

But 10 teenagers, who are part of the Chorley Panthers set-up, have now moved one step closer to making their dream come true and playing rugby league at a professional standard.

Adam Hooper, Cameron Moss, Matty Ashcroft, Christian Kellett, Jake Pass and Joe Sharratt are now on the books of 2014 Super League Leaders’ Shield and Grand Final winners St Helens.

And Josh Rourke, Alfie Bowers, Jai Lilley and Owen Farnworth are now attached to Widnes Vikings.

Farnworth is no stranger to the academy set-up as he embarks on his second year with Vikings.

The scholarship system allows players to receive quality coaching for a two-year period.

The club is no stranger to seeing talents move to the professional game as they have seen stars such as Josh Charnley, Sam Tomkins, Joel Tomkins and Jamie Ellis all move on to great things.

Chairman Alan Bowers said: “We are delighted to see the efforts of the boys being recognised on a professional level and that the club continue to develop top-level players in an environment built on an ethos of sport for all.”