First Year Huddersfield New College student George Kinnaird has been named Scotland’s Under 19’s Rugby Player of the Series.

19 year-old George, who is currently studying A Levels in Media, Law and Sociology at the college, has received the award in recognition of his outstanding work ethic and determination in the sport. Whilst such an achievement is highly impressive in itself, what makes it even more remarkable is the length of time that George has been playing rugby for- just four years.

George began playing rugby at the age of 15, with little sporting experience other than a short spell of Karate practice. His rugby career began at Boothtown Terriers Rugby Club the following year. He has since moved on to play for Newsome Panthers, before going on trial at Coventry Bears and recently being given a place in Keighley Cougars’ Reserve team.

Speaking of the award, George said, “Everyone was ecstatic for me. My dad is Scottish, and my family are from Glasgow and Selkirk. I’m really patriotic, and it’s such an honour for me to receive this award. My dad was nearly in tears when he found out!”

Not only is George fairly new to the sport, but he has also been nursing a significant knee injury for the last six months. Receiving such an accolade despite this setback highlights just how hard George works to be the best he can be.

George said, “I really didn’t expect to receive this award. I’ve been playing on an injury for the last six months so I am definitely not playing at my best. To be honest, I’d say that I don’t even have much skill in the sport- I just work really, really hard.”

Ever modest, George is currently recovering from his injury with the aid of knee surgery in late 2016 and regular physiotherapy sessions at Keighley.

When talking about his future goals, George said, “I’m aiming to progress in Rugby League as far as possible. I would love to play full time rugby and progress into Keighley Cougars’ first team.”