Martin Aspinwall

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Martin Aspinwall
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Personal information
Nickname Aspy, Marty, Awol
Born (1981-10-21) 21 October 1981 (age 33)
Wigan, England, UK
Playing information
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 15 st 2 lb (96 kg)
Position Wing, Centre, Loose forward
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2001–05 Wigan 113 33 0 0 132
2006–10 Huddersfield 82 22 0 0 88
2011 Castleford 19 2 0 0 8
2012 Hull 27 0 0 0 0
Total 241 57 0 0 228
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2003 England A 3 2 0 0 8
Lancashire
Source: Rugby League Project

Martin Aspinwall (born 21 October 1981) is an English rugby league player who played in the Super League for Wigan, Huddersfield, Castleford and Hull.

Career[edit]

Born in Wigan, Aspinwall started his career with hometown club Wigan as a top junior and was the first player to be signed onto their now pioneering scholarship scheme that was set up by Brian Foley and Dean Bell. On 8 July 2001, he made his debut against Huddersfield at 19 years old and made six further substitute appearances in the same season. The 2002 Super League season proved to be a break-through year for him, as several injuries in the backs left the way open for him to establish himself in the first team. He played in at centre and wing in during Wigan’s league run-in and during the playoff series. Before the St. Helens Final Elimination clash, Aspinwall commented, “My goal at the beginning of the season was to get eight to ten games, maybe come off the bench, but because of the injury crisis that we’ve had, especially in the backs, I’ve found myself in the Semis now and one game away from a Grand Final.”

Coach Stuart Raper played Aspinwall alongside several other up and coming youngsters during the 2002 season. “It’s quite exciting for me to be able to play these guys,” said Raper. “The Aspinwalls and Briscoes are chomping [sic] at the bit to get on that paddock. Aspinwall continued his good form for the club and, in July 2003, signed a new two-year contract with the club, turning down strong interest from Warrington.

Aspinwall was selected for the England A squad to face New Zealand at Brentford in November 2002 but had to withdraw due to a viral illness. In 2003, he played and scored a try for England A in a 22–26 defeat against Australia,[1] and made a further two appearances against Wales and France in the 2003 European Nations Cup.[2][3] He was also picked to represent Lancashire in the 2003 Origin match.

Aspinwall became a first team regular in the next two years, and played for Wigan at centre in the 2003 Super League Grand Final which was lost to Bradford.

At the end of his contract, which ran out in October 2005, Wigan allowed Martin to become a free-agent. He had made 107 competitive appearances for Wigan, scoring 24 tries. He quickly signed for Super League rivals Huddersfield, where he played in the 2006 Challenge Cup Final defeat to St. Helens at Twickenham. He was also Giants top try scorer in his first season with 15.

In October 2006, Aspinwall was named in the 25-man Great Britain Tri-Nations squad to tour Australia and New Zealand. His 2007 season was cut short in July when he suffered an horrific cruciate knee injury against Warrington, ruling him potentially 12 months on the sidelines.

However he made a very speedy recovery and has been named in the England training squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.[4]

Aspinwall was not offered an extension to his contract beyond the end of 2010, and linked up with Super League side Castleford. In June 2011, Aspinwall was jailed for four months for dangerous driving.[5] After serving his sentence, he moved to Hull for the 2012 season, and played 27 games for the club before signing a one year contract with Leigh at the end of the season.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Aussies hold off England A". BBC Sport. 28 October 2003. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "England meet goal". Yorkshire Post. Johnston Press. 9 November 2003. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  3. ^ Whalley, John (17 November 2003). "Leeds duo ready to take next step". The Telegraph. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Myler gets England call". England Rugby League. 2008-09-29. Retrieved 2008-10-03. 
  5. ^ "Castleford Tigers' Aspinwall jailed for police pursuit crash". BBC News. 16 June 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 

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