Sale Sharks rugby star Cameron Neild returned to the Manchester Grammar School (MGS) for a special photoshoot that will see him adorn the school’s corridors of fame.
Cameron, 22, from Hale, was at the school between 2006 and 2013, before joining the Sharks academy set-up straight from MGS.
Last season the flanker made 23 appearances in the first team and was named joint Young Player of the Season.
The Sharks have also just announced the Cameron has signed a new four-year deal at the club.
To mark his success, the school commissioned photographer Chris Bull to take a portrait of Cameron that will now hang in the school’s corridors.
The corridors of MGS are lined with countless photographs of former pupils, known as Old Mancunians, who have distinguished themselves nationally and internationally.
These include former England cricket captain Michael Atherton, and actors Sir Ben Kingsley and Chris Addison.
Many of these portraits were taken by Old Mancunian and renowned photographer Sefton Samuels, who was described by painter LS Lowry as his favourite photographer.
Cameron said: “I’m really chuffed that my portrait will hang next to some of the School’s most famous alumni. It’s a real honour to be in the same company as the people who have come to MGS and go on to be such a success in their chosen professions.
“I really enjoyed my time here at MGS. The School were always understanding about the need to balance my schoolwork with my rugby and I received great support from the teachers and the sporting coaches.”
Simon Jones, Director of Development at MGS, said: “We are immensely proud of our alumni and we like to celebrate their achievements once they leave us.
“Cameron’s success as a professional rugby player deserved recognition and as someone who knows Cameron personally I am delighted that his portrait will hang in our corridors and hopefully inspire the current generation of MGS pupils to go on and achieve great things.”