One of the brightest lights in Bramley Buffaloes unbeaten start to the season has been powerhouse prop Junior Brandford.
The 22-year-old, currently studying for a degree in Sports Development and PE at Trinity All Saints, joined the West Leeds outfit at the start of the season after being spotted by Buffaloes coach Mark Butterill whilst playing against Milford.
“Mark was playing for Milford and he had a quiet word in my ear after the game and really sold the Buffaloes to me.
“I’m enjoying every second at Bramley,” explained Junior “and the lads have made me very welcome and I have to say that I much prefer summer rugby to the winter version! I don’t like the cold!
“It was a real eye opener at our first home game last Sunday to see just how many fans we have and that really adds to the atmosphere,” added Junior who hails originally from Oldham and hopes to become a PE teacher after graduating.
Junior started playing rugby at the age of 9 with Wrighton Tigers in Oldham and then went on to play for Saddleworth Rangers. He’s recently been selected to play for the England Students RL side and took to the field against GB Police earlier this year.
“It was my proudest moment so far,” said Junior “and I’m hoping to play again against the RAF at the start of June but they will all be topped if I can help Bramley retain their title.
“Next Friday’s (21st May) home game against Kippax will be a real test and we are looking forward to what will be a great occasion,” added Junior.
Coach Mark Butterill concluded: “Junior has come in and done a solid job so far and I’ve been very impressed by his attitude and performances.”