Two of the best!


Bullbuilder player of the year awards presented to Liam Kirk and Vytas Vasnys who have been rewarded for their efforts in 2016.   The awards, sponsored by GTL Car Spares of Leeds will be presented by Actor and BullBuilder Patron Duncan Preston with Bullbuilder member (and Academy Player Sponsor ) Mary Dellman.

Liam Kirk wins the U19 player of the year award.   It caps a great year for Liam who made his first team debut at Workington and has been given a first team contract for 2017.   The 6’4” prop from Drighlington has been a cornerstone of the U19 pack that has helped propel the side into the top echelons of the league.   Sponsored by Fabtek Insulations Liam won the BullBuilder Rookie of the Year in 2014 as a junior and has progressed strongly through the Bulls system to first team level.

Head of Youth John Bastian said “Liam has been a great role model in the Academy, consistent and honest with his preparation which has been a reflection of his performances on the rugby field, he fully deserves his award from Bullbuilder and we are very proud that he has also been promoted to Rohan Smiths 1st Grade squad.”

Vytas Vasnys wins the U16 player of the year award.   Vytas is a loose forward from Hunslet Warriors who made a try scoring start to the season in an 88-0 victory over Cumbria Academy and hasn’t looked back.

U16 coach Leigh Beattie said “Vytas signed two years ago on our Scholarship from Hunslet Warriors and instantly made his mark on me with his commitment to training and playing. He hit a wobbly patch this year and managed to overcome this and excelled both on the field and in the gym. He is a great kid to coach and absorbs all the information given. He is a credit to his parents and Hunslet Warriors and fully deserves the BullBuilder U16’s Player of the Year.”

BullBuilder spokesman Paul Butterworth said “It’s great to be able to recognise these young men for their efforts on the field this season.   Liam has won a number of awards in his time with us and we’re delighted to see him progress to the first team.    Vytas is at the beginning of that pathway and has made an outstanding start, we look forward to him making the same progress.”

“BullBuilder has, thanks to the donations of its members, contributed thousands of pounds over the past few years to help develop our young players.   We intend, with the help of our growing membership, to keep doing that.   We’ll be striving to help John Bastian and his team get all the help possible.   Supporters can join for as little as £10 per year and know they are helping provide those extras that make all the difference.”

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