It’s Wednesday, and these days at Bluebeards HQ, this can mean only one thing: It’s time to introduce you to another one of our Inspire to Aspire stars, and this week it’s the turn of talented Leigh Centurions rugby player Ryan Brierley.
Skilled at the manliest of sports, Ryan is a talented half back who came through the Castleford Academy before signing for Leigh in 2012. He has made a number of notable appearances for the club this season and is known for his impressive footwork.
A skillful goal kicker, Ryan was the subject of interest from Salford earlier in the season, an opportunity he turned down to help ensure that Leigh secure promotion. Loyalty, if ever we heard it.
His impressive performances have made him something of a crowd favourite at Leigh, and he is currently the leading try-scorer for the 2013/14 season.
Definitely one to watch.
We sat Ryan down and grilled him on life as a rising sports star, and here’s what he had to say on the matter.
What do you hope to achieve this year?
I hope to achieve a grand final winners’ medal this year. We are in a very good position to do so – I just hope we can turn dreams into reality!
What is the ultimate goal?
My ultimate goal is to be selected for England at the end of the year, it would be a dream come true.
What events of note have you got lined up in your diary for the rest of the year?
I don’t have many events planned in for this year, just got to keep my head down, work hard for the team and see where it takes us. I know we’ve got a Challenge Cup game against Leeds which will be a tough test.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement to date is winning the “young player of the year” award, it was a great achievement for me and a very proud moment
How much time do you spend training?
I probably spend three hours a day training, but that included massages and ice baths etc.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to listen to music a lot and spend time with my dog Oscar – I’m a big softie when it comes to him.
8. Describe your personality in a few words.
Joker, committed, dedicated, passionate, stubborn, sarcastic
Who inspires you in life?
My Nana inspires me, she recently passed away but everything I do in life is to make her proud.
What is your most memorable (non-rugby-related) moment?
Probably when i saw Oscar for the first time
Watch this space for a whole lot more on Ryan!