Every athlete dreams of the perfect career. A career involving representing your boyhood club, representing your national team and following in the footsteps of your idols.
Whilst many achieve this dream there are few that achieve it at the age of just sixteen. However, that’s exactly what local teenager Josh Simm has done.
Before we get into what makes Josh such a special talent I would like to take a moment to congratulate Josh on recently signing a three-year contract at St. Helens RLFC.
At just the age of six Josh came down to Thatto Heath and took part in a training session and despite hesitations, at the start, he has gone on to play for the club for ten years.
However despite his own doubts Josh received high praise from the start, Steve Prescott describing him as a “really special player” with Josh being just seven years old, this was a bold claim.
Yet this wasn’t the only high-profile professional to speak of Josh’s talents with Terry O’Connor saying “I will put a bet on today that he will make it, he’s a really talented player”
Before even reaching double figures in age Josh had been earmarked as someone to watch by some of the game’s best, and so far he is proving that to be true.
Fast forward a few years and numerous player of the year awards later, Josh was selected as one of fifteen players for the Elite England youth programme. One of the highest honours a young athlete can dream off.
Josh would represent the side in two test games against France, impressing both on and off the pitch scoring on debut whilst receiving a great report regarding his training from coach Alan Hunt.
As Josh began his career at Saints there was a thing that stood out about Josh, one thing that many people think is lacking in modern day sport, Loyalty.
The fact Josh had stayed with a club that wasn’t winning every trophy even though he had the talent to move was a big compliment to his attitude.
During his time at Thatto Heath Josh said he learned some lessons that he wouldn’t have learnt at other clubs such as “dealing with losing and rejection” this allowed Josh to remain humble in his short career so far.
Josh’s proud Mother Jan went on to add “learning these lessons helped him become the person he is, he was grateful for the England call up and would have happily sat on the bench whereas others would sulk and not quite understand.”
This ‘feet firmly on the ground’ attitude means Josh is certain to succeed in whatever comes his way, hopefully involving reaching his dreams, getting to that professional level and following in his Grandad’s footsteps.