Dewsbury Rams can announce that they have signed Jordan Andrade on a deal that will keep him at the Rams through the 2019 campaign.
Andrade has worked with Rams head coach Lee Greenwood before when they were both at the Gloucestershire All Golds. The 26 year old said he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to link up with Greenwood again.
On signing for the club, Andrade said: “It was a text off of Lee Greenwood who has coached me before down at the Gloucestershire All Golds. I was down there with the RAF and the Old Golds were the nearest team too me.
“I did a bit with Lee down there, however my season was cut short for some personal reasons. Obviously he has seen something in me to get back in touch with me to offer me a place here. I came over and spoke with him to get the ball rolling from there really.
“I’d like to say we got on well, I had to cut my season short and he understood the reasons why. When a club like Dewsbury comes knocking its an opportunity you just can’t turn down.
“I am going to be 27 years old next season and so I am coming to the back end of my career now, so I just want to string a few good seasons together at a good club.
“I am from Huddersfield so I am local and I know all about Dewsbury, I have had a few mates play here before so I know it is a good club to play for. I am excited to have a good dig myself.
“You see Huddersfield, it isn’t that rugby orientated, however you come to a town like Dewsbury and it is all about the rugby. You have got your town’s such as Dewsbury and Batley and players want to come and play for clubs like this.
“As I said, when the opportunity was mentioned to me about coming to the Rams it wasn’t something I could turn down.”
Andrade is looking forward to the physical challenge that awaits him in the middle of the park and he went on to explain about playing in his favourite position which is at prop.
He commented: “I am a prop, I am a hard runner and would like to think I have got a good offload, my attacking play is really strong.
“I am going to work on my defensive side of the game through pre-season and bring that up to the standard of my attacking game and then I will look to hold a position down and play week in and week out.”
Even though the 26 year old has just signed for the club, he is already looking to the future and to what he can do at the Rams.
He said: “I am not the kind of person to just come to a team and just make up numbers, I want to be here and play well and then possibly extend my contract at some stage.
“Then I would look to kick on for the last few seasons I have and enjoy my rugby as much as possible. When you play for teams like this it is a very good opportunity to be playing Championship rugby and it was one, again I could not turn down.
“I just want to get as fit as possible in pre-season and then kick on throughout the season and it all starts on the game at Batley on boxing day.
“Hopefully I can go there, put in a good account of myself and get the fans onside.
“In all honesty I just want to go to a team and knuckle down and I want to be valued by the coach and fans and play as good as I know I can be. On my day I know I can be as good as anyone in this league.
“I have played at a high level, but I’m really excited about the challenge here and I can’t wait to get going and get my teeth into things.”
Dewsbury Rams head coach Lee Greenwood is excited about bringing Andrade to the club and working with him again.
He said: “Jordan is an interesting one, I had him for a short time at the All Golds while he was based in the South in the RAF. He is settled back home now in Huddesfield and wants to make a real go at his rugby career.”
If you want to watch Jordan in action then why don’t you buy a 2019 season ticket.