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Jake Sterland

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    Jake Sterland hopes to become the latest Brooksby Melton College student to graduate from the Tigers academy into the club’s development squad.

    The back-three player hails from Market Harborough and played for his local club at the same time as studying at Welland Park Academy.

    A keen sportsman, Jake enjoys athletics, competing in the 100m, 200m and javelin, as well as “a bit of basketball” and motocross in addition to his rugby. “Just anything I can do to stay active, really,” he says.

    “I used to play in the back row, before getting moved to outside centre and now into the back three.

    “It’s quite a change, but it’s about getting used to [the change] quickly. I love rugby for the adrenaline rush I get playing the sport, as well as the physicality of it.”

    Getting to know you

    Who’s the most famous person you’ve taken a selfie with?
    I hate taking photos, I’m not that keen on them.

    If you could meet a famous person, dead or alive, who would it be?
    Magic Johnson – his determination to be the best when he was playing basketball is something I’d admire. And I’m a Lakers fan.

    What three things would you want if you were stuck on a desert island?
    Food, water and a bit of company.