A boy who fled war-torn Afghanistan after his father was killed by the Taliban is on the cusp of a professional rugby league career.
Said Jamal, 15, arrived in the UK and settled in Rotherham, South Yorkshire about four years ago.
He played school rugby and at Dearne Valley Bulldogs before being spotted by Super League team Castleford Tigers.
“It’s not an easy thing for a person like me to get into this level”, the teenager said.
“It means nothing is impossible, you can do everything you want.”
Said is playing for the West Yorkshire club’s youth academy side as a full-back and has ambitions to play the game as a professional.
Off the pitch Said wants to become a cardiologist.
He has already made an appearance at one of rugby league’s biggest games – the Grand Final at Old Trafford.
In his Dearne Valley Bulldogs strip he carried the ball out to the referee before kick-off at …
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