THE son of 1986 Challenge Cup winner Keith England is following in his father’s footsteps after signing professional terms with Castleford Tigers.
Not the only one of the England family to have a Wembley pedigree, former Normanton Knights junior Brad England is a highly rated back row forward and scored the winning try for Freeston against Cas High when the iconic venue re-opened in 2007.
He is the latest of the club’s under 16s scholarship squad to be unveiled as a professional academy player.
“I feel very proud to be part of the club. It will be a good experience for me to play at the higher age group. I can’t wait to get involved with the under 18s,” said Brad.
“I think I’m similar to my dad in the way I tackle. He was known for his defensive attributes and I do a lot of work on emulating him in that way.
“I do feel that I can do more than him in attack as that is my real strength. I like to run out wide and can be a bit of a ball player.”
Richard Tunningley, Tigers’ player performance manager, said: “What we have in Brad is a hard, tough back row forward. He’s a unique individual, all action and has a lot of raw attributes needed to succeed at the next level.
“He has developed really well as a young player in the scholarship and we are delighted that he has chosen to remain with us for the next, most crucial phase of his development, where he will need to work extremely hard to hopefully become a Super League player in two to three years time.
“Brad has also joined our AASE (Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence) program, which has seen tremendous results in its first year. It means that he will be able to train in an almost full-time environment, which will accelerate his rate of development both physically and in terms of his skill set.”
England follows England youth internationals Jake Dehal-Clark and Connor Taylor in committing their futures to the club.