Young Guns Benefit from Big ThreeAcademy coach Paul Derbyshire has testified to the massive influence that Warrington's top trio of stars have had throughout the club. Referring to Andrew Gee, Tawera Nikau and Allan Langer he stated that:"The work rate of Gee and Nikau is phenomenal and the quality of Langer is unbelievable. They are a massive positive influence. The first team squad rotate their coaching duties on a weekly basis and spend a lot of time with the Under 16's downwards."The benefit of having such class players at the club has meant that the Under 21 squad have been able to learn from their illustrious peers and it could mean that one of Derbyshire's charges could step up to the bench for the weekend's trip to the Huddersfield-Sheffield Giants.The Academy coach has been pleased with the progress of his Under 21's this campaign: "We treat the Academy as a strictly U-21 venture unlike many clubs who throw a lot of "ringers" in from the senior squad. "We have some really fine youngsters coming through which is a real credit to the club considering that the budget is geared to the first team."Those mentioned in despatches were prop Ian Parry, loose forward Paul Noone, centre Jamie Stenhouse and wing-cum-full back Chris Campbell.
06, May, 2000