A TEENAGER from Cleadon is the latest emerging rugby talent to become a member of Newcastle Falcons’ senior academy structure – and is already making an impression that marks him out as one to watch.
Adam Redman, 18, is looking to follow in the footsteps of international centres Mathew Tait and Jamie Noon and turn himself into an integral part of the Falcons squad in the seasons ahead.
I’m really grateful to have been added into the senior academy for next season, it’s a huge opportunity.Adam Redman
Having already represented the club at under-18 level, he spent the summer of 2014 as part of an International Rugby Academy course in South Africa, where he was named as the most valuable player.
He then went on to make his senior bow for the Falcons in a pre-season friendly against Doncaster and while missing out on the under-18 league games though injury, he is well poised to impress next season.
“I’m really grateful to have been added into the senior academy for next season, it’s a huge opportunity,” said Redman.
“I am graduating along with a number of boys who I’ve known for quite a few years and it is great to see us come through together as it means there are friends around the place that you know, which is a nice thing to have, especially when you’re going into a new environment.”
Having been introduced to rugby at the age of seven by his dad, Redman has converted his whole family into fans of the game with his exploits in a family where football has previously been king.
“I got into rugby when I lived out in Hong Kong,” he added. “I was seven and my dad took me to the local rugby club and I’ve never really looked back since my first session.
“I did play a lot of football and I still support Sunderland, but rugby took over from an early age, even though we don’t really have a big family history with the sport.”
Looking ahead to his first season with regular interaction with the Falcons’ senior players, the grounded youngster has set himself modest goals and is aiming just to absorb as much guidance and experience as he can.
“There are a lot of centres at the club who are pretty well known and there are also a good number of international caps in there as well, so it will be great to learn off them as they have a wealth of experience that I can benefit from and then hopefully use that to compete with them and take my game a long way.
“In terms of game time, I should be involved in the A team’s games and hopefully, if I can impress in those, I can maybe look to have some involvement with the first team in the cup competitions.”
With his opportunity offering a chance to bounce back from injury, Redman has special praise for former Falcons scrum half Chris Pilgrim, who he says was instrumental to helping him make a rapid return to fitness.
Redman, who attended Durham School, said: “When I did my knee, Mark (Laycock, Falcons Academy manager) put me in touch with Chris Pilgrim who had a similar injury, who gave me so much advise and tips on how to manage the recovery.
“If he hadn’t have done, I wouldn’t have known where to start, so he helped a lot in terms of diet, conditioning, everything I could have asked for and it took me a really long way on the road to recovery.”