Keighley Albion junior Jack Croft has been awarded a senior academy contract at Super League club Wakefield Trinity.

The Addingham youngster has impressed on trial at Trinity this year with their under-16 team, which has seen him playing the likes of Warrington, Bradford Bulls, St Helens and Huddersfield as well as playing with Albion.

Richard Kelly, who is head of youth development and academy at Wakefield, said: “Following a successful trial period, Jack has signed a two-year Super League senior academy contract which will see him continue his development with Wakefield Trinity for the duration of that agreement through to under-19s and hopefully beyond.

"He will continue his education with our official education partners Wakefield College. This means he has a dual pathway of Category Three and Category One Academies available to him, enabling him to play at the appropriate developmental level.

"Jack joined the Wakefield Trinity Scholarship Under-16s quite late but soon displayed a good level of technical ability mixed with the right amount of physicality.

"He is 100 per cent committed to his development and has been prepared to listen and take on board new skills which have been the cornerstone of his advancement through to the senior academy.

"Above all else, Jack is a quality young man whose behaviours and conduct are a credit to him, his parents and his coaches at Keighley Albion.”

John Normington, who has coached Croft in the under-16s at Keighley Albion, was also full of praise for the teenager's commitment, which he hoped will ultimately see him land a full-time senior deal.

He said: “It has been fantastic to see him develop within rugby league and get an opportunity like this at a Super League club.

"He has seized the opportunity with both hands and thrown himself wholeheartedly into the programme at Wakefield. I and everyone at Albion wish him every success with the next stage of his development in the Wakefield academy.

"Jack follows in the footsteps of Lee Kershaw, another former Keighley Albion player, who joined Wakefield Trinity's youth programme in 2014 and has recently signed his first full-time Super League contract with the club. I hope that Jack has similar success.”