A former Wigan St Patrick’s amateur rugby league player is backing Paul Flannery’s Warrington Warriors as sponsor.

Lee Pritchard, who also played rugby league for Doncaster and Normanton as well as St Pat’s, is the CEO of LDP Transport. He was sceptical when he first heard about X-League.

Now, though, Pritchard, who is based in Castleford, is an enthusiastic backer of the concept

“I was introduced to the X League by my former teammate, Paul Flannery, who informed me that he was in the process of setting up a club,” he said.

“Initially, I was sceptical about the concept, particularly as I hold traditional views about the sport. Given Paul’s extensive knowledge of the game, however, I was willing to hear him out.”

After listening to what Flannery had to say, Pritchard decided to put his money where his mouth was.

“After several discussions, I decided to sponsor the Warrington Warriors and show my support for X-League.

“Paul explained how X-League was gaining popularity, and I was able to witness this first-hand when I saw them play in a tournament in York.

“I was impressed by the spectacle and could see the appeal of the concept.”

Pritchard’s own background in 13-a-side rugby league helped him see the benefits that X-League brings.

“As a former player, I understand the importance of skill development and the need to keep players engaged in the sport,” he explained.

“X-League replicates the full-contact game in many ways, and anything that promotes skill development and encourages players to continue playing is a positive thing.

“Paul is an excellent ambassador for the sport, and his leadership can only be beneficial for the game and the broader development of X-League.

“I am proud to be associated with the Warriors and to support the growth of X-League.”

Warriors coach Flannery is keen to stress that the Warriors are all about getting together to have some fun, though he takes skill development seriously when it comes to training.

“Warriors are purely a social team set up to provide opportunities for those who want to use us as an entry or exit from the full contact game,” he said.

“With us its all about keeping active and having fun!

“We train as an X league team and base out sessions around skill development.”