I fell in love with rugby from the age of seven when I first started playing at Hinckley RFC. I played every age group through to the 1st XV by the age of 17 - living and loving what junior rugby values are all about even though we rarely won a match in my first two senior seasons.
In 2001 I had a wonderful opportunity to go to New Zealand. Settling in Christchurch I played for Shirley and represented Cantebury B alongside Richie McCaw, Dan Carter & Chris Jack - watching, learning, playing and making some great friends; one of the best years of my life!
Following a spell playing for Manly, Australia on my way home, I returned to the UK and signed for Pertemps Bees. The highlight of my career is still very fresh in my memory: we met against Wasps in the Pilkington Cup quarter-final beating them in their own back yard 28-24. It was, and still is, an amazing feeling to have beaten Warren Gatlands European winning team.
I also played for Rotherham Titans and Coventry RFC before retiring to Hinckley RFC to coach the u7's as my son wanted to play. I loved seeing him, and his team mates progress with each week and match but the lure of the game was still very much there for me.
My former coach, Phil Maynard, then gave me a chance to play again with Coventry RFC, though, with three children now competing for my time I was unable to commit to the training needed to challenge for a position. I looked for another club which would fit in with my family life. Bob Harcourt gave me a call and I was back in full swing with a great bunch of guys at Broadstreet passing on what I had learnt over the years.
Out of the blue, I then received a call from Rugby Lions stalwarts, Roger Beresford and Steve King, asking me if I fancied a challenge of putting Rugby Lions back on the map. So, this brings me right up to date and here I am trying to get the ship sailing again with all hands on deck and setting course for the ultimate prize?