As a late developer, I missed out on the opportunity to be picked up through the junior academy so instead I decided to go to University to gain a degree and try and push my rugby career as far as possible via this route. I studied Geography at Durham University and whilst playing for the University in the BUCS leagues, I also played for my home rugby club Fylde in National One.
I was offered an academy contract by Sale after I played against them in a pre-season match for Fylde. This was a part time contract as the club were fully understanding that I had ambitions to finish my degree first. I was lucky enough to play first team rugby during my final year at University, making my debut against Montpellier in January 2013. As well as playing for a very successful Durham side, I also represented England students for two years, which gave me my first taste of International rugby. Having exposure to playing and training with the Sale first team really enhanced my rugby at student level and aided my transition from full time student into full time professional rugby player.