Josh Bainbridge

Josh Bainbridge
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Josh became a first team regular in the 2015-16 season and made a big impression, winning a number of man of the match accolades before finishing the season as the club’s top try scorer with 16 tries.

The following season was a frustrating one for Josh, with injuries limiting his first team performances to just seven.  He returned to full fitness ahead of the 2017-18 season and is expected to play a big role in the team's Championship campaign.
A product of the club’s academy system, he broke through to the senior squad in 2014-15, making his debut against Doncaster and then registering his first try in only his second game against Nottingham.  He played 16 times during the season and earned a placed in the England Under-20s squad for the Junior World Cup.  
Born in Middlesbrough, his former clubs include Guisborough and Middlesbrough. He represented Yorkshire Under-16s and played for England Under-18s in a warm-up match against Northampton Saints in the 2013-14 season before figuring in all three FIRA/AER European Championship matches in Poland. He made a try-scoring debut against Portugal and also touched down in the 30-14 win over Ireland in the final when they won the European Championship. He was part of the Prince Henry’s team who won the AASE plate in the 2012-13 season.
Recalling when he first got the call from Carnegie coach Danny Wild on the 1st April 2011 to come and train with the Junior Development Squad he said he was thrilled about it and after ringing his mum to tell her the great news he then rang his grandad who was also thrilled for him, although he then turned round and asked him if he was aware of the date, rather suspiciously he said no and his grandad replied with - its April Fool’s Day!!

He represented Cleveland at athletics at shot putt and 4 x 100 metres relay, following his mother Allison, who was a sprinter.  The players he admires most in rugby are Michael Hooper and Sam Burgess. 
His earliest rugby memory was turning up to training for Guisborough in a full Middlesbrough kit.  He credits his parents as having the biggest influence on his rugby career.

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