BRADFORD Bulls have signed former Brighouse High School student Jobe Murphy on a two-year full time professional contract.
A former Brighouse Juniors footballer and later Siddal ARLFC second-row forward, Murphy, 18, has been on the Super League club’s books for the past tthree years in their academy.
The son of Mr and Mrs Jim Murphy of Field Lane, Rastrick, who is a six footer and weighs in at 14 stones, has made rapid headway this season and Australian head coach Mick Potter was keen to get him into his squad for 2012 and 2013.
His coach in the academy and head of development and youth, Paul Medley, the ex-Leeds, Bradford and Halifax forward said: “Jobe has made great strides since joining the club and this new contract is a just reward for the effort he has put in.
“He is very passionate about the club and never gives less than 100 per cent, both on the field and in training and we feel he will continue the progress he has made and kick on to the next level in a full time environment.
“We made a promise to Jobe when he signed, as we do with all our juniors, that we would review his contract during its tenure and we are delighted to be able to reward him for his efforts with this new deal,” said Medley.
While keen to further his education, Murphy will take a gap period to throw himself entirely into making a career out of professional rugby league.
His father said:” I am delighted for him. He has really knuckled down and deserves this chance with one of the big name clubs in Super League.”
Jobe said: “I cannot thank everyone at the Bulls enough for the way they have coached me and encouraged me and I intend to repay them for their faith in me.
“I would also like to thank everyone at Siddal rugby club for their coaching after I made my switch to rugby and not forgetting my dad who has covered miles in supporting me.”
Meanwhile, Jobe’s cousin, Oliver Roberts, who has just sat his A-levels at Brighouse High School, has signed a three-year academy contract with the Bulls.
Like his cousin he is a back-row forward and has come through the successful Siddal set up.