Chorley and Lancashire rugby league star hurt in attack is 'of impeccable character' says club

Joe Sharratt is now with St Helens Academy
Joe Sharratt is now with St Helens Academy

A teenage rugby league player has suffered serious head injuries and remains in hospital  after an incident in Manchester at the weekend.

Joe Sharratt, 18, previously played for Chorley Panthers and also represents Lancashire and England at Schoolboy level.

The teenager, who has recently signed with the St Helens Academy, was injured in the early hours of Sunday outside Factory nightclub in Manchester.

An investigation has been launched and police are appealing for anyone in the area at the time to get in touch.

Chief Inspector Cherie Buttle of Greater Manchester Police said: “We’re aware that there are a number of videos circulating on social media and I cannot stress how important it is that those with footage make contact with us.”

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A St Helens spokesman said: “Joe is of impeccable character and is an upstanding member of our Academy system.

“He represented Lancashire Schoolboys against Australian Schoolboys with distinction on Saturday and was hoping to represent England next weekend.”

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