Teen star makes Rhinos Bow

Widnes Vikings v Leeds Rhinos Super League sun 30th june 2013'Alex Foster on his debut for Leeds
Widnes Vikings v Leeds Rhinos Super League sun 30th june 2013'Alex Foster on his debut for Leeds

Knaresborough teenager Alex Foster admitted his shock after Leeds Rhinos handed him his Super League debut.

The Rugby League starlet played the final 20 minutes of the Rhino’s 52-36 victory over Widness Vikings on Sunday.

And the 19-year-old forward also made history as he became the first product of Wetherby Bulldogs’ acamedy to play in the Super League.

Foster said: “It’s absolutely incredible - it is something I have dreamed about ever since I was a youngster.

“To pull on that shirt with your name on the back, it is a dream come true. I was pretty surprised it has come, to be honest.

“With the chats I’ve had with the youth development manager Barrie [McDermott] he said as a forward it might come a bit later, possibly next year or the year after.

“But with the injuries and some of the young lads who’ve come in, I am really happy to have got my debut.”

Foster signed for Leeds at the end of June, 2010, two years - almost to the day - before making his first league appearance for the club.

The Rhinos came under siege on their tryline in the 20 minute debut spell but Foster came through the bruising end earning plaudits.

“It was a stage in the match when Widnes started to come into their own and we were a bit backs to the wall,” he said.

“They scored a few points just as I came on, but I am glad I came on at the time I did.

“I didn’t just want a stroll in the park. I think I did all right.

“I want to keep picking my game up. There were some aspects of [Sunday’s] game I did all right and some not so good.

“I’ll look to improve on that and keep developing and while some of the big names are out hopefully I’ll get another opportunity.”

Foster admitted his sport of choice is an unusual route for a lad growing up in the town.

He said: “I am proud of my roots. I am from Knaresborough, which is not really a big rugby league area - it is a lot more cricket and football.

“But my parents are both from Bradford and they steered me in the direction of rugby league, which I am proud to play.”

Ryan Bradshaw, Foster’s former PE teacher at King James’s School, said: He’s a very modest, down to earth young man. An absolute gentleman. The school is really pleased for him.”