In 1992, 16-year-old Walney school boy Gary Broadbent being selected to represent his country at rugby league against the French school boys.

Twenty-seven years on and Gary's son Luke is set to follow in his footsteps if he is selected to represent England Youth, also against the French, at Hull KR on Wednesday then Wakefield next Saturday.

The 16-year-old St Bernard's schoolboy is also on the verge of taking the professional ticket with Super League club Warrington Wolves, which would again be following in Gary's footsteps.

The former Barrow skipper Broadbent signed as a teenager for Widnes and was hailed a future star by well-respected dual-code international Ray French.

He then moved to Salford before coming back to Cumbria with Whitehaven and to round off his career at Barrow.

Luke has been making the long trek to Warrington for several years and his hard work and dedication has paid off.

Luke made his mark in rugby league coming through the mini section at Walney Central, where he was spotted by Warrington.

However, Luke who is the only Cumbrian in the 22-man squad (cut down from 60) and will have to wait for the nod for the opener at Hull KR, with the final 17-man squad being named on Tuesday.

Gary said Luke has a three-year deal on the table with the Wolves, but nothing has been signed and won't be until after next week's games,

Gary said: "As a family, myself my wife Emma and daughter Sophie are really proud of his achievement, he has worked hard over the last few years and is now reaping the rewards of those hard days up and down the M6.

"He can play either full back or centre and he has and will score more tries than me.

"We wont know until Tuesday if he has made the 17 but we are hopeful.