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22 January 2021

The 19-year-old centre / winger made his senior Ulster debut versus Connacht before Christmas, but how much do you know about him? Find out below…

Tell us about your player pathway.

I was originally a footballer. I started playing rugby five years ago for Larne RFC, then I was picked up by Ulster [at age-grade level]. I played for them for about three months before getting dropped. A couple of months later, I was picked up again. I moved to Ballymena to play my rugby and never looked back from there.

Who has been your biggest influence?

My main influencer would be my dad. He’s been with me since day one; taking me to every training session and coming to every game. I wouldn’t be where I am today without him.

How have you found integrating with the senior squad?

Training with the senior squad is really good. Obviously, it’s a big step-up from Academy level, but I’m really enjoying it. It’s developing me pretty well and the senior guys are really nice to you; you fit in pretty nicely, so I’m really happy with that.

Who is your best friend in the squad?

Jude [Postlethwaite]. We were at Newforge not so long ago; we were both in the sub-Academy and we’ve been training with each other for a while so we got to know each other pretty well.

Who is the funniest player in the squad?

Ian Madigan. He’s just funny all the time and brings a good energy. He makes everyone laugh.

Cardio or weights?

Weights.

Early riser or night owl?

Early riser.

Would you rather be 4’5” or 7’7”?

7’7”.

Would you rather live in Antarctica or the Sahara Desert?

Sahara Desert. I prefer heat.

Which three dinner guests would you have at your dinner party and why?

Lionel Messi, Eminem and Steven Gerard. The two footballers I’m pretty fond of and I like Eminem’s music.

What would you do if you won the lottery?

I’d probably buy my favourite car and a house, as well as giving some money to my family.

What player would you least like to be stuck on a desert island with?

Conor McMenamin. I don’t think he’s got very good survival skills!