As Rotherham Titans’ players report back for the start of pre-season training on Thursday, the ex-Sheffield Tigers centre, Jamie Broadley, 24, will be one of the many new faces trying to grab a place in the Championship side.
The first to admit that the level he is aiming to play at is “a massive step-up”, Broadley’s record nevertheless suggests he has the potential to be a success.
In two seasons in National Two, Broadley scored an impressive 47 league tries in 58 games and was the Tigers’ top try scorer in his two years at the Dore Moor club.
“ Since I started playing as a six year old, it has always been my dream to play professional rugby, but at 24,I thought I had left it too late,” Broadley explains.
“My career as a psychologist is also very important, so I thought long and hard about Rotherham’s offer, but the coach, Lee Blackett,was really understanding and will allow me to continue working at Walton Hospital in Chesterfield two days a week, so I will still be able to fit in my training.
“There is a good feel about the squad Lee has put together, and I know I will have to work hard to get near the side, but I am very competitive.
“ I have kept an eye on the signings and Lee has got the right blend of youth and experience. I have not seen a lot of Championship rugby, but it will be a lot different physically.
“ But you also need speed of thought, the fitness requirements will be much higher and I will need to adjust to the pace of the game.
“ This is an exciting move because Rotherham have made some quality signings, such as Juan Pablo Socino from Argentina and Australian fly half Dallan Murphy.”
Titans’ coach Blackett says Broadley isn’t at Clifton Lane just to make up the numbers.
“Jamie has two years before he reaches his peak. He is quick, strong, creative and a good defender.
“He has loads of potential and has a good chance of making the match day squad.”