A Bedford School Sixth Former has been signed to the Northampton Saints Senior Academy on a full-time contract ahead of the 2020/21 season.
18-year-old Kayde Sylvester has been on a rugby scholarship at the school after being spotted by the their sports department while playing for the Saints Junior Academy.
Bedford School’s Director of Rugby, James Hinkins, said, “It is such great news… He has worked incredibly hard to get to this point and thoroughly deserves this opportunity.
“His incredible skill set, natural athleticism and impressive leadership qualities make him such an exciting player to watch. His future in the game is potentially very bright indeed.”
It hasn’t been an easy two years for Kayde, who has been side-lined while recovering from a sports injury for the last 12 months.
Despite that, “[it’s] been the best two years of my school life,” said Kayde.
“I have been kept so busy, and I can’t believe the number of different people, from so many different cultures, who have supported me and become firm friends.”
All being well, Kayde will join five other new recruits in training with the club’s first team squad from 1 July.
“Kayde performed particularly well even against players two years his senior,” said Head of Academy at Northampton Saints, Mark Hopley.
“His strengths are his aerial skills and his athleticism, plus he’s a really humble individual, and even having seen less of him than some of the other lads, I know he has the attributes to do well with us,” he added.