by | Jul 9, 2024

Jamie Pye says it is ‘a dream come true’ to sign his first professional contract with Salford Red Devils.

The prop forward, with lots of potential, has penned a deal which sees him become a full-time member of Paul Rowley’s first-grade squad for 2025.

After eight months of working closely with the coaching staff and experienced members of the dressing room, Pye has earned his chance to impress next season and will certainly be someone to keep an eye on.

Speaking exclusively to our YouTube channel, he said: “It’s a dream come true. It’s what you dream of as a kid trying to come through at a club and get a first-team contract.”

Amidst such a proud moment, Pye was quick to thank the people who have got him this far; including our Reserves’ Head of Recruitment, John Fieldhouse, who was key in bringing him to the Red Devils.

He also saved a special mention for his teammates, who have made him feel ‘welcome’ right from day one.

“I was terrified at first, thinking ‘am I good enough, am I good enough’ but we’ve got a great group of lads here and they made me feel welcome the minute I stepped through the door,” he continued.

“All credit to the lads, they’ve pulled me through and made me feel at home. It’s a very tight circle and I think that’s why we’re doing so well this year.”

Pye has enjoyed previous experience in St Helens’ academy set-up and was selected for England Academy’s tour of Australia, which was cancelled due to Covid.

The 21-year-old has also stated that he learned a lot from his young career at his boyhood club.

“It’s only this year I’ve realised how much it shaped me. It gives you that gratitude of having this opportunity at a rugby team, not many people get it.

“As a kid, you might think ‘I deserve it, I deserve it’ but you really don’t, and you need to keep working hard – and all them endeavours really shaped me to come and do well here,” he finished.

To watch our interview with Jamie in full, clicking below.

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