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UKFast supports young talent at Sharks Gala dinner

Article date: Mon, 17 May 2010 10:04 GMT

Lawrence Jones with the UKFast girls

The UKFast team turned out en masse to support Charlie Hodgson in his bid to become Sale Sharks' Player of the Season for the third consecutive year at a Gala Dinner, held at Edgeley Park on Wednesday 12th May.

The end of season dinner celebrated some of the young talent developing through the ranks at the premiership rugby club. In particular, James Gaskell was the big winner of the night. While Charlie Hodgson retained the coveted Player of the Season trophy, it was teenager Gaskell who picked up the most silverware for his stunning season with the team.

Having been named as the Breakthrough Player of the Season, Gaskell collected the award for Best Try of the Season. The award was voted for by the assembled crowd of 300 and presented to him by Paul Harris, marketing director at UKFast. In winning Try of the Season, he beat off competition from international stars Mark Cueto and Dwayne Peel amongst others.

Finally, the award that all players look to win, Players' Player of the Season, topped off an incredible night for the youngster, who turns 20 this week. Charlie Hodgson's own success comes following a call up to the England Squad for their forthcoming summer tour.

Lawrence Jones, MD of UKFast, was thrilled for the talented pair. "It's great to see James stand alongside inspirational players like Charlie and represent the future of the club. This season has not been plain sailing but Kingsley and his team knew that developing the young players was crucial. James' success gives us all hope that there is more to come next season."

Jones, a passionate rugby supporter, was flattered to be singled out by Kingsley Jones in his speech for his support and friendship that made him more than just a sponsor. The director of rugby focused on the positives to take from the last nine months and looked forward to making big improvements in the coming seasons.

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