Canberra Raiders move will be life changing, says Harry Rushton

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Young forward Harry Rushton is excited about his “life changing” move to Canberra next season.

He is leaving Wigan at the end of this season to join George Williams and Ryan Sutton at the Raiders – despite being 18 and having not played in the first-team here yet.

“It’s a big move and a life-change but I didn’t have to think about it for too long,” he told the Blackpool Gazette - he is from the coastal town.

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“Their coach Ricky Stuart is a legend of the game I have always admired.

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“I know the coaching will be top-standard, and the playing standard is great as well. I’ll be able to learn from experienced internations so it can only help my career.”

A former Shevington Sharks and St Pats junior, the forward has played for England at academy level and has been tipped for a bright future in the game. He was drafted into Adrian Lam’s squad for their last game before the season was shut down, at Salford, in mid-March.

His capture at such an early age, coupled with Melbourne’s interest in Ethan Havard, suggests the NRL clubs are targeting English youngsters more and more.

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“When we won the academy Grand Final against St Helens (last year), I knew a lot of Australian scouts were watching,” said Rushton.

“I’m staying with Wigan for t his season – whenever it starts – and hopefully I’ll get a few first-team games under my belt before I leave. The plan is to fly out in December or January for pre-season.”

Dad Andy revealed “a number of Aussie clubs” had been tracking Rushton before they opted for Canberra.