I started playing Rugby League at the early age of6, starting my career at the local and then famous amateur club Travellers Saints,which has produced so many talented Rugby League players in the Professionalgame. I started playing 3 years under age for the under 9s team whichincluded probably one of Rovers best ever players in Paul Newlove. I played andcaptained Travs until the age of 13 winning many trophies in some successfulteams in that period. I played under some really good coaches one who isnow the timekeeper at Rovers in Vince Farrar, who nicknamed me"Spike" as I have been known since and to this day.
My position was hooker and I representedCastleford and District up to the age of 13 and on one occasion played a yearunder age. I then moved on to play for Jubilee and in thattime suffered a serious hip injury and one I never really recoveredfrom. It was an injury that weakened my leg and on return I suffereda further injury during training when I broke my femur. Thisultimately put paid to my dream in following in the footsteps of my brothersand playing Professional Rugby League.
I did return to play for Travellers Saints U19sand then onto amateur clubs Featherstone Miners Welfare, Ackworthand Featherstone Lions before retiring.
Recently I have worked as Junior Head Scoutat Huddersfield Giants for 2 years and then joined Rovers as ScholarshipManager and Junior Head Scout in September 2008.
I am a UKCC level 2 qualified coach and I find myjob very challenging, especially working with young talentedplayers. It is a very satisfying and varied role and I think asa club we are going places right throughout the organisation. We want to seemore Zak Hardaker's coming through our system and over the next few years I amsure we will.
We are now attracting top quality players andcoaches due to the systems and structures we have in place, they can see whatwe are about and want to be part of us and our future, long may thatcontinue!