Town manager Paul Quinn appears to have unearthed a quality find for his squad over the summer after bringing in James Pollard, writes Emily Anderson.
The 18-year-old former Rishworth High School student is waiting to start Leeds Beckett University later this month to study for a degree in physical education with the long-term goal of being a teacher.
From Halifax, he lives with parents, Tim and Janet, and brother Sam, 20, just across Huddersfield Road from The Shay.
Starting his football career at six, James was playing for Huddersfield Amateur FC when he was snapped up at eight for the Huddersfield Town Academy. He was released at 16 and signed for Bradford City’s academy up until the summer when he joined Brighouse Town.
“I had a chat with Charlie Tolley and was invited down to train and it all went from there,” said James.
Playing centre-midfield, he has also played right-back but prefers the centre position.
A Manchester City fan, James also enjoys golf as well as watching horse racing.
James said: “I came to Brighouse because it is local, allows me to study and play and Paul (Quinn) is a good manager and he is excellent with the younger members of the team.
“I am looking forward to a busy season after what I have seen so far.”