Recovering from a back injury Will Addison is not only ready to play again but has recently graduated with a BA in Business Studies at The University of Manchester
Penrith-born flyer Will Addison has successfully juggled the pressures of being a top flight ruby player with his studies.
"At times I didn't know I'd be able to make it, because my role as a professional rugby player forced me to miss so many lectures," he said.
"But thanks to the great support of the University, I came through and am absolutely delighted to have graduated."
The sports star hopes the degree will be useful if he joins the family business- a farm in Cumbria- after his playing days
He added: "Business has always been something that has interested me- and it's one of those subjects which is so useful to have.
"I hope it will stand me in good stead if I ever run the family business."
Addison has made a big impact on the Manchester team, since his first-team debut in a pre-season friendly against Oxford University in 2010, scoring two tries.
He is no stranger to receiving accolades, as he was awarded both the Players' Player and Coaches' Player of the Year awards at former clubs Penrith and Upper Eden.
Playing at centre and on the wing, rugby fans expect to see great things from the rising star; England boss Stuart Lancaster praised the young player on his debut in 2012
BA(Econ) Programme Director Dr Adam Ozanne said: "A Liverpool footballer of the 1970s called Steve Heighway, a winger famous for his speed and skill and the accuracy of the crosses he placed on the heads of John Toshack and Kevin Keegan, had a degree - in economics and politics, if I remember correctly.
"It was unusual then as it is now for a top-class sportsman to be able to combine their sporting careers with academic study, and Will is to be commended for achieving so much in both spheres of his life. At the University, it's important for us to do all we can to help young people manage their workloads and lives, so they can both gain a good degree and pursue their other vocations, sporting or otherwise."