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Mick Cassidy delighted with young guns
10:25am Friday 3rd January 2014 in Sport
VIKINGS assistant coach Mick Cassidy believes the youngsters who impressed in the friendly against Warrington are among some of the brightest young prospects in Super League.
He says that they will also get more opportunities as the pre-season campaign rolls out.
Cassidy said: “We have got some very exciting young players here and they did pretty well out there against Warrington. It was good to get an opportunity for the players to get out there and play after a very busy pre-season that continues as we look ahead to our first Super League game with London Broncos.”
He had special praise for debutant hooker and Man of the Match Liam Carberry.
He added: “Liam did really well. That’s his first game in about 18 months as he’s been out with injuries. We knew he was a good player and it was just about getting him fit and ready. He played 60 minutes today and he’ll only get better.
Cassidy also praised the attitude of pacy three-quarter Ed Chamberlain, who enjoyed his first run out.
“Ed Chamberlain got his first chance yesterday. He’s a good kid and he’s got a very bright future at this club. He’s played a lot of Rugby League at Warrington but joined our ranks last year. He’s had all pre-season with us and hopefully he’ll get more opportunities.”
Despite slipping to a narrow 32-36 defeat, Cassidy, who was standing in for Denis Betts who is in Australia, was pleased with the overall performance.
Cassidy said: “I’m very pleased with the performance of the team. We knew there was going to mistakes but we also knew that there’ll be some good performances and that was the case for many of them out there.
“We are obviously looking ahead to London but there will be other friendlies before then. Every season we start from scratch; every player has an opportunity to get a jersey in the starting team. Even though they have a squad number every player has an opportunity to play in the friendlies and stake a claim for a start against London.”