Fylde coast rugby league ace Harry Rushton makes great first impression at top Australian club
Top Fylde coast rugby league prospect Harry Rushton has made an impact at new club Canberra Raiders before he has played a game.
The 19-year-old from Thornton Cleveleys sparked a fundraising drive to change the life of one Raiders supporter in Australia.
Back-rower Rushton impressed so much in the Academy side at Wigan Warriors that the top NRL club Down Under have signed him on a three-year deal.
And Rushton has already made a positive impression, launching an online collection and donating 200 dollars himself to enable supporter Mat Mitchell to adopt a dog to help him combat anxiety and depression. The campaign raised more than $800.
Shevington Sharks, a Wigan amateur club where Rushton played as a junior, tweeted: “Well done! A fantastic gesture from an amazing young gent ... Canberra have got a gem, both on and off the pitch.”
Rushton fulfilled his ambitions of making his Super League debut for Wigan last season – against arch-rivals St Helens – before flying out in November for this thrilling new chapter in his most promising career .
He joins fellow ex-Wigan players Ryan Sutton and George Williams at Canberra.
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