Teenage sensation Aaron Sexton makes full-time switch from athletics to rugby to join Ulster academy
18-year-old athletics star Aaron Sexton has been confirmed as part of Ulster's academy squad for the 2019/20 season.
Sexton, who represented Ulster A last season while still a schoolboy at Bangor Grammer, broke the Irish schools record for both the 100m and the 200m at recent events, and is now set to take the next step into professional rugby with the Ulster academy.
The teenage flyer was Ulster A's top try-scorer in last season's Celtic Cup and was clocked as the fastest Ulster player since records were kept.
A lot is expected of the youngster ahead of his full-time switch from athletics to rugby, and Ulster scrum-half John Cooney is confident that he will be a strong addition for Ulster.
Speaking to the Left Wing, Independent.ie's rugby podcast, Cooney gave his impressions of Sexton after he trained with the senior team last season.
"There's a lad called Aaron Sexton, he's a winger and he is still in school and he is only 17," Cooney said.
"He got called in to train with us the other day - I'm pretty sure out of school! He played for the U20's the other day and scored a try, what seemed easy for him, against Leinster from 50m. He gassed everyone on the outside, stepped the fullback and nobody could get near him. I'm pretty sure he is going to be a big future star."
Overall, Ulster have confirmed that 16 players will be in their academy next season.