All Golds capture World Cup player
Wales World Cup Star, Jordan James, has rejected a big money deal from Super League club Salford Red Devils in favour of a two year stay with the ambitious University of Gloucestershire All Golds.
A Super League career that saw him play for such historic names as Wigan, Castleford and Widnes came to an end in 2013 at Salford.
One of the first names on the team sheet in the Wales national team for over 10 years, Jordan is just four appearances away from becoming the most capped Welshman of all time, overtaking the likes of Jonathan Davies, Lee Briers, Billy Boston, David Watkins, Jim Sullivan, Lewis Jones and current head coach Iestyn Harris.
However, Jordan will not be the only James at the All Golds. His brothers Joel and Jamie are already members of the All Golds Academy, whilst his mother, Beverley, holds the role of Academy Manager.
A man with plenty of experience of working with James is former Great Britain coach Brian Noble. Noble, who led Bradford to two Minor Premiership titles, victory in three Grand Finals in 2001, 2003 and 2005, the Rugby League Challenge Cup in 2003 and to three World Club Championships in 2002, 2004 and 2006, coached James during his final Super League spell at Salford paid great testimony to the Welshman:
"Jordan is an outstanding professional as well as a great bloke. In my experience you just can't separate the two when wanting a team man!
The All Golds have secured one of the best and his leadership prowess will prove invaluable to the future success of the team! Don't worry about Jordan, he can play and will lead from the front."
Jordan began his Rugby League career in Gloucester, playing as an amateur for Gloucestershire Warriors while serving as a Royal Marine, before going on to play with some of the biggest names in Rugby League. James has also agreed to work with his former club Wigan as part of the coaching team. Moving to South Wales, Jordan has been tasked with helping to develop young talent in the country.
Following the signing, All Golds Head Coach Brad Hepi outlined exactly what the Wales star brings to the side:
"Jordan James brings with him a wealth of experience from Super League, and he's a tough, seasoned performer. That is exactly what we were lacking last year. Jordan is the sort of player you can build your squad around. He brings the brains, experience and toughness that you need to compete at this level. It's a massive signing for us, and it is a signal of intent to the Rugby League world just how serious we are taking the game down here."
"Jordan will bring an instant turnaround in the squad. He's a consummate professional and that is reflected in his inclusion in the Wales squad for the World Cup. He's undoubtedly one of the biggest names in the Welsh squad and I'm sure Iestyn and the Wales team will be looking to Jordan to lead them, just as I'll be looking to him to lead the team and the forward pack next year."
James is in now in camp with the Welsh national side, in readiness for their opening group match against Italy at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff this Saturday October the 26th. This much anticipated clash will be shown live on BBC Television.
Even so, Jordan has found time to talk to allgoldsrugby.com:
" I'm delighted to join such a great club, they have real aspirations of playing at the top level and I'm really relishing the chance to help them on their journey. They are working their way up from the bottom and doing it correctly, ensuring the club will flourish, which is a testament to the people in charge.
The City and the fans are crying out for Rugby League at the highest level and hopefully I can play well and help achieve the dream the All Golds have. I would also like to say thanks to Wigan Warriors for allowing me to continue playing alongside my coaching duties."