An Albanian teenager has been signed by Super League champions rugby team St Helens.
16-year-old Eliot Peposhi’s has signed a two-year deal with the option for a third and will start at the Saints’ academy this year.
President of the Albania Rugby League Arnaldo Telo said:
“It’s a proud feeling because it shows that with the right passion and mindset everything is achievable for any Albanian that is involved in rugby league, here or abroad.”
He added that he hopes it is the first of many achievements for Albanian rugby league players and that Eliot will inspire future players.
“I am very honoured and extremely grateful to St Helens for offering me the contract. They are a big club with so many honours and such a massive history. It’s simply brilliant I am now a part of it. My ambitions are to play the game at the highest level and perhaps one day I can represent my heritage and be part of history with the Albanian rugby league team.”
St Helens R.F.C. is a professional rugby league club in St Helens, Merseyside who compete in the Super League, the top tier of competition for rugby league in Europe.
Formed in 1873, St Helens are one of the 22 original members of the Northern Rugby Football Union and have been league champions on 14 occasions. St Helens are also the third most successful side in the Challenge Cup with 12 wins in 21 Final appearances. St Helens are founding members of the Super League and are one of only four teams to have appeared in every season since its creation in 1996.