Nine young players have committed their future to Yorkshire Carnegie by agreeing new contracts with the club.

18 year olds Shaun Crouch, Sam Wolstenholme, Harry Davey, Rian Hamilton and Tom Mann have all signed new deals along with 19-year-old centre Harry Dunne, and 20-year-olds Harry Newborn, Tom Bullough and Ben Smith.

Outside centre Bullough made his debut for the first team this season against Newport Gwent Dragons Premiership Select back in December. The London-born centre played his junior rugby at York and previously attended Prince Henry’s School in Otley and Easingwold School. Last year he played for Leeds Beckett along with Hull Ionians dual registration.

Likewise, Halifax-born centre Harry Dunne attended Prince Henry’s in Otley before going to Leeds Beckett University.  He was part of the England U18 squad in 2015 and has been part of the Carnegie Academy for a number of years.

A third Leeds Beckett student is fly half Ben Smith who also plays with Hull Ionians. The final Leeds Beckett player to agree a new deal is Beverley-born hooker Harry Newborn, both have represented Hull Ionians alongside their studies.

Second row Shaun Crouch studied at Barlby High School in Selby and for 6th Form with Queen Ethelburga’s can also play at number eight. A regular in the Yorkshire Carnegie Premiership Academy league side last season, he has represented the North of England and originally came through at Selby RUFC.

Fly half Harry Davey was also a regular for the Yorkshire Carnegie U18 Academy in the Premiership Rugby U18 Academy League. He attended Silcoates and was the school’s first team captain last season leading them to the NatWest Vase semi final. This season he was part of the England U18 training squad, played senior National League rugby with Sandal RUFC and also made his YC debut in the B&I Cup Semi Final vs. London Irish away.

Scrum half Sam Wolstenholme originally came from Sheffield RUFC whilst attending Oakham Grammar School, Midlands for all of his higher education, whilst full back Rian Hamilton started at Skipton before coming through the ranks at Wharfedale and attending Giggleswick School for 6th Form.

Finally Tom Mann completes the nine new contracts. He can play at full back or centre and attended Craven College in Skipton last year having previously gone to Nidderdale High School.

Commenting on the signings, Yorkshire Carnegie Academy Manager Ben Lazenby said, “We are delighted to have secured these players for our academy this season as we look ahead to the challenges ahead in 2017-18. As a club we have continually shown our commitment to develop young players into first team members and all nine of these players will hope to follow that pathway. We already have a number of players contracted to the academy and these players will add to our strength in the junior ranks.”

Props Charlie Capps and Jack Wafer, hooker Jordon Poole, back rows Elliot Ward and Lewis Wilson along with scrum half Ollie Fox and full back Louis Brown are already in contract with Yorkshire Carnegie.

Lazenby added, “The club have invested heavily in the academy over the last few years and we are now starting to see the return of this investment with these players progressing into the first team as well as the club being recognised by the RFU for the academy and the long term strategy of the club. The investment in the academy this year will bear fruit in coming years and our continuation to have a high performing academy creates a long term backbone of players for the first team.”