Ashall-Bott to make debut...

Ashall-Bott to make debut...

11th February 2018

Olly Ashall-Bott has been named in Widnes Vikings’ matchday squad to face Castleford Tigers today (3.30pm kick-off) and is set to make his debut for his home-town team.

The talented outside-back has been with Widnes Vikings through every stage of its youth pathway, from the Development Squad through to the first team. A former Saints Peter and Paul Catholic College student, Olly has represented St Maries and Widnes Moorfield ARLFC in the community game. He has also had the honour of representing England at youth-level.

Denis Betts, Head Coach of Widnes Vikings, says: “Making your debut is always special but it will be especially significant for Olly, who has had to overcome some difficult setbacks and work tirelessly to fulfil his ambition of representing his local team. Olly is confident, unpredictable and naturally gifted, and he is ready to take this next step in his career. I’m sure that this will be a special experience for him today and I know that the supporters will really get behind a local boy achieving his dream.”

Phil Finney, Head of Youth Performance at Widnes Vikings, says: “Olly’s debut is another proud moment for everyone involved in the Vikings youth pathway. Olly has had a tough couple of years with a shoulder injury, which meant that he missed the England youth tour of Australia, and faced a long time out with a knee injury after impressing in the 2017 pre-season friendlies. To come back from those injuries and push himself into the first team at this stage of the season is a massive achievement.

Olly has been with Widnes Vikings since the age of 14 and has also represented the Development Squad. To see him progress through the ranks and to earn the opportunity to play at the highest levels is something that everyone associated with the club can feel proud of. This success is a credit to his commitment as a player. Olly has been loyal to Widnes Vikings and we are pleased to see that faith re-paid with this opportunity to make his Super League debut.”

Dave Brady, Olly’s former coach at Widnes Moorfield ARLFC, says: “Olly is athletic, a team player and a competitor. It will be a proud moment to see him achieve his dream of representing Widnes Vikings, but not a surprising one because he has always had fantastic potential. I think Widnes Vikings’ supporters will really enjoy getting to see what Olly can do. I wish him all the best for his debut and I am looking forward to the exciting career ahead.” 

Ashall-Bott to make debut...