By Gloucester Roundhead
Gloucestershire and the maritime city of Hull have historic Rugby League links dating back to Queen Victoria’s reign. It is apt therefore that the All Golds should continue this legacy with the quality acquisition of Hull born Jordan Kerman of the Royal Army Physical Training Corps.Jordan will join the Golden Fern as both Head of Strength and Conditioning and also as a player once he has recovered from injury.
Staff Sergeant Kerman has the 13 aside code flowing through his veins. His father Richard played for famous Hull FC and Great Britain and Jordan soon followed in his footsteps. He developed his Rugby League skills at two top talent producing clubs in the Eastern seaboard city namely Cottingham Tigers and West Hull. Jordan then joined the British Army and made his debut for them as an 18 year old.
Since then his playing career has seen many highlights.His achievements include gaining 13 Inter Services Caps and 14 Combined Services Caps. Moreover he has won 3 Inter Services titles and 2 Association Cups.
Jordan is the current captain of the British Army side and has represent Great Britain Armed Forces. He has competed in 3 representative tours of Australia including the Defence Forces World Cup in 2017.
In his coaching role he has previously been the Strength and Conditioning coach for the British Army team and the United Kingdom’s elite military forces. He studied for his B.Sc. (Hons) Degree in that discipline at Plymouth Marjon University and is currently completing his M.Sc. (Hons) Degree in Sport & Exercise Psychology.
In the words of All Golds’ director Julie Kent:
“The club has been keen on securing Jordan’s signature for some time now. The deal was sealed when we sent a delegation to the Military Stadium, Aldershot last weekend to see the British Army triumph in the Challenge Cup. We finalised matters post match.”
As for Jordan himself he is excited about the new Southern Conference League season and continuing with both his military successes and assisting the All Golds in their quest to return to the higher echelons of the sport:
“I am looking forward to a season of hard work with the All Golds and feel I can really make a positive impact on the fitness levels of all players involved with the club. Once back from injury I plan to play a part in guiding a young talented side around the park.”
● Photo Courtesy of Peter Smith Photography