Faith In YouthWarrington Wolves have re-signed Academy player, Steve Maden on a full time playing contract for the 2002 season. Maden, 18 signed from amateur club Golborne Parkside at the age of 17. During his first year with the Wolves he played for the Lancashire Academy. Steve was due to tour Australia with the GB Academy last summer, but was unable due to a knee injury which kept him out of the Academy side for most of Super League VI.Assistant Coach and Academy Programme Manager Paul Darbyshire commented, "Steve is a talented young player who has got a great future in the game ahead of him. He has a tremendous attitude towards the game and has set high standards for himself which he is beginning to be rewarded for. In Steve's first year with the Academy he quickly established himself and was selected for the Lancashire Academy in 2000. After the success of a number of our junior players last season it is pleasing to see another Academy player progress in to the first team squad."Steve Maden remarked on signing fulltime for the Wolves, "It was a surprise to be offered the opportunity to sign fulltime, I knew I would get a new contract but never dreamt that it would be a first team one, due to my injury last season. I am looking forward to working alongside Anderson and Plange, they havebeen good to me and I reckon that I can improve my game under their tuition. Steve has brought in some good experienced players, like Rodwell, Burns and Domic and it will be amazing to play alongside them. I am hoping to make a big impact on the first team in my first year."
01, Nov, 2001