SAINTS have signed two players into their Academy system following strong performances on the recent tour of Australia.

Kelvin Taylor and Brandon Scully have each agreed a two-year part time contract with the Academy.

Scully is a prop forward from Blackbrook.

He has been with in the Saints system since he was 14.

Although the club felt he did not produce his best form in the Scholarship games, he grabbed the chance to shine in Australia and was one of the Academy’s stand-out performers.

Flourished in the full time environment, Scully grew in confidence to show the coaching staff he was more than worthy of an Academy contract.

Meanwhile Taylor is a winger from Oldham St Annes.

He was a Saints Scholar from the age of 14 but a serious injury curtailed his progression.

He fought back to be part of the Academy’s Tour of Australia and impressed the coaching staff with his attitude and ability whilst Down Under.

He is also part of the newly formed Cowley Category 3 Academy, and the first of what we hope will be a very successful partnership between ourselves and Cowley International College.

Academy Head Coach Derek Traynor said: “These signings show the benefit of our Tour of Australia.

“Both players showed attitude and commitment to force their way into our 2018 plans and we are really looking forward to seeing them develop this coming season.”