YOUNG rugby star Andrew Fadera has been selected by one of Europe’s top clubs.
Middleton resident Andrew, 14, has joined the developing player programme of Harlequins.
The Aviva Premier League outfit invited him to join their academy of top class junior players based on his debut for Sussex.
Andrew attended his first of the Quins’ monthly sessions at Brighton RFC last week – and said the experience left him wanting more.
He said: “The sessions are all about developing my rugby skills and there’s weight training twice a month, which will help as well.
“The first session was a lot more intense than anything I’ve ever known before but I felt I got a lot out of it.”
Andrew began his sporting life playing football, but his growth – he stands 6ft 1ins tall and weighs about 14 stone – led many parents to suggest his physique was better suited to the oval ball game.
He quickly found himself at home in the No 8 position and was chosen for Felpham Community College’s team for his year group which he captains.
He also joined Bognor RFC and moved on to Worthing.
His PE teacher, James Ross, suggested his rapid development as a rugby player warranted a place in the Sussex side.
Andrew was picked for his debut which ended in a 27-15 win against Middlesex. His play earned a special mention from the county’s coaches and attracted the attention of Quins.
He also coaches younger players at the college in his own time. “I’m signed up to Harlequins until the end of the season. I’ll be continually assessed in the programme,” he said.
“I don’t get nervous about it. I’m always being watched when I’m playing. It keeps me on my toes and it’s a challenge to play for my place.”