‘I’ve still got lots to learn’

ALL Christmases have come at once for local 19-year-old Rastrick lad Joby Murphy who has been given a two-year contract with Super League rugby league club Bradford Bulls.

Joby, son of Jim and Maria, weighs in at 15 stone and is 6ft in height and is thrilled to bits that he is going to be playing for Australian coach Mick Potter and the coaching team at the Bulls as well as gaining experience from the already established professionals at the club.

“I have in no ways made it, there is a long way to go and there is a lot I have to learn from my new team mates and the coaching staff,” said Joby, a former Brighouse High School student.

It hasn’t always been the oval ball, Joby started playing football for the Brighouse Juniors FC before then moving on to Siddal ARLFC where he played at first for their U-12 team.

It will be a proud day for the second rower or loose forward and his family when he puts his squad number 31 jersey on and steps out into the Odsal bowl on Boxing Day when they take on the Castleford Tigers (3.00pm) in the festive pre-2012 season friendly.

Joby has also received massive support from Carlton `Colonel’ Ives who owns Blue Hills Farm Shop at Birkenshaw, regular advertisers in the Echo.

“The `Colonel’, as he is known to the Bradford Bulls staff and players, has kindly sponsored Joby at the Bulls and also the steak and chicken needed for his diet,” said his proud dad, Jim, who many Brighouse residents will remember ran the popular Gallagher’s Gym.

“Last Monday the whole of the squad and coaching staff enjoyed a Christmas dinner at the farm shop and the Colonel is keen to do more for the club to help the players and the directors get to the top of Super League,” added Jim.

“The support I have received from my family, the Bulls and the Blue Hills Farm Shop is over whelming and I will work hard to show them how grateful I am,” added Joby.