GRLA 2016/17 player, Jordan Gray, at Ogden Water in full Calderdale College kit

GRLA 2016/17 player, Jordan Gray, at Ogden Water in full Calderdale College kit

Jordan also came to GRLA following the recommendation of Aberdeen Warriors Head Coach, Craig Parslow, in September 2016 joining teammates Jack Stevenson & Archie Andrade. He had started playing for Aberdeen in the 2016 season, earning a call up to the Scotland Club X111 & Scotland U19s that year. Like Archie & Jack, Jordan had come from predominantly rugby union background, but possessed the skill set to do very well in rugby league. Joining GRLA and moving to Halifax would allow him to realise such potential by playing rugby league on a much more regular basis.

Jordan also signed up to play in the Pennine League with King Cross Park RLFC and was a regular performer for the team, putting in a string of impressive performances against a number of very established clubs. Jordan’s natural ability & skill with the ball impressed the coaches resulting in him earning a place in the starting lineup in the majority of fixtures. Jordan’s reliability for KXP saw him continue with them into the Yorkshire Men’s League for the summer season.

Jordan alongside King Cross Park coach, and Huddersfield Giants hooker, Adam O'Brien

Jordan alongside King Cross Park coach, and Huddersfield Giants hooker, Adam O’Brien

Alongside his exploits for KXP, Jordan represented Calderdale College RL – the college where he was also studying BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Business Studies. It was a tough year for the Calderdale College team, although Jordan maintained his own personal high playing standards throughout the majority of the season in the College North East League 1. Jordan’s on-field leadership also came to the fore as he was chosen as the Calderdale College RL captain for the season, a feat he can be rightly proud of.

Jordan embraced the opportunities on offer with GRLA and trained regularly throughout the season with Keighley Cougars Reserve grade after impressing in early training sessions, whilst also attending a trial with Hunslet RLFC at South Leeds Stadium. Jordan also took part in training opportunities with Huddersfield Giants U19s Academy and Wigan Warriors U19s Academy. In both experiences he trained extremely hard, whilst realising the standard & dedication that was required to reach such levels; without a doubt Jordan will have gained a great deal from such experiences.

GRLA's Jordan Gray dead-lifting in the gym with Wigan Warriors U19s!

Jordan working in the gym with Wigan Warriors U19s!

 

Whilst with GRLA, and alongside his studies at Calderdale College, Jordan also gained his RFL Match Official qualification. It was highly encouraging to see that he was able to utilise this in refereeing a school fixture whilst in Halifax. Indeed, Jordan embraced many opportunities to spread the game of rugby league whilst with GRLA, including working with Yorkshire Ladies RL and also  Calderdale College Ladies RL; GRLA sincerely hope that Jordan will cement these skills in the future by gaining his official coaching badges and spreading the game throughout Scotland. Such qualifications will also bode well for any future application for university, as well as improve his employability skills.

GRLA truly believe that Jordan has developed significantly and possesses the skills to forge a solid career in rugby league; he is definitely young enough to achieve this. Jordan is intelligent & focused on his future, hopefully he will continue to see a place for rugby league in this future. He remains involved in the Scottish U19s RL setup and a real focus for him will surely be the 2018 U19s European Championship in Serbia! We would like to wish Jordan the very best of luck in his future as he returns to Aberdeen!

Jordan (centre) on GRLA activity at Live Escape, Huddersfield!

Jordan (centre) on GRLA activity at Live Escape, Huddersfield!