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Reds Athletic regular signs first pro contract

Willmott's great uncle was former Richmond and Scotland captain, and British & Irish Lion, Peter Kininmonth. Credit: ITV Channel TV

Jersey Reds Athletic forward George Willmott will make the step up to the club's first team next season after signing a maiden professional contract.

The 20-year-old, whose mother was born in the island, has agreed a two-year deal with the Reds after impressing during two seasons with their amateur side.

He moved to Jersey with his family after finishing school and made his Siam Cup debut in Guernsey last year.

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George has been one of our stand-out performers and really deserves this opportunity, which shows that there are opportunities for the best young island players. I hope there are others now playing Mini and Junior rugby, or for the Colts or Athletic teams, who will be inspired by this and will want to follow the same route as George in the future.

– Myles Landick, Head coach, Jersey Reds Athletic