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Player Spotlight - Jonah Parsons

By Dan Winner

Next up in our feature about our U15s on scholarship is Jonah Parsons who is training at Leeds Rhinos.

How old were you when you started playing at Batley Boys?
I started at 9 yrs old in U10s, when I was invited to come train by a friend.

What have been your favourite memories/moments at Batley Boys so far?
Favourite memories have been the friendships that I have made. There are still players in the team who have been there since I started and we’ve all got a great bond. The camaraderie in the changing rooms after games win or lose has always been a highlight, and the laughs we have at training. Gaining friends for a lifetime.

Players who inspire you and why?
Players who inspire me are half backs such as Danny Brough, Johnathon Thurston and cooper cronk. They have all inspired my playing styles.

Do you play school rugby? If so, how does that differ from community rugby?
I play school rugby for Mirfield Free Grammar, there's a mixture of boys playing from all sports so that's the main difference, but we have been very successful and reached the Year 9 national schools finals in London. A lot of the school team also play for Batley Boys.

How has your first year of scholarship been? Is it what you expected?
Highlights so far, my first year has been fantastic! I’ve loved it. The very hard work and intensity of training was what I expected. It's a massive step up from community training ,much faster and harder . The highlight so far has been when I first played for the Rhinos against Widnes, the buzz of putting on the rhinos shirt and getting the win.

What are your tips or hints for the players at Batley Boys who are just about to start their scholarships?
For new boys starting the scholarships it's all about commitment and good attitude, they've got there on their talents and now its about hard work. If they have the right attitude and listen to the coaches then they'll go a long way.

Updated 11:57 - 3 Nov 2018 by Dan Winner

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