Promising Castleford rugby player Bradley Gott has a double dual code achievement to celebrate.
The Castleford RUFC junior has been selected to play for Yorkshire RFU under 15s and is also doing well in the 13-a-side code as he has signed a scholarship deal with Super League club Huddersfield Giants.
The achievements are a fitting reward for the hard work put in by Bradley and his coaches at the Castleford and Huddersfield clubs.
Castleford RUFC has always welcomed players from both codes and this is another example of a long line of players including Alan Hardisty, Keith Hepworth, Derek Edwards and Trevor Briggs and Damian Ball, Chris Redfearn, Wayne Thornton and Richard Davies among many other luminaries to play League and Union.
Bradley, a pupil at Snaith School, modestly said: “I’d like to thank all my coaches at both clubs as they’ve certainly inspired me and helped me get to the standard that I have reached. I hope that I can continue to progress with their help and support.”
Steve Hardisty, player performance manager at the Giants, said: “This is such a fantastic achievement for Bradley and it is certainly a wonderful example of what dedication and commitment can bring to an individual. We welcome the opportunity for him to play at county level and knowing Bradley he will grasp it with both hands.”
Richard Pell, director of rugby at Castleford and also head of talent identification at the Giants, said: “His success underlines that there are so many transferable skills and my view has always been that a good rugby player can play both codes.
“Also, if you are good enough it shows that you do not have to be with a rugby league club to get a rugby league scholarship.”
Mark Grattan, commercial and sponsorship manager at Castleford RUFC, added: “Bradley has certainly deserved both the Yorkshire selection and the Giants’ scholarship and many more can follow his example by focusing on the basic skills that are needed in both codes; tackling, handling and passing.”