The All Golds’ recruitment plans have been boosted further with the signing of England and Lancashire representative, Darrion Ball.
According to All Golds’ director Danny Wilson, who is also England Academy head coach and a Rugby Football League Coach Educator, “Darrion is a great addition to the first team squad and fits the profile of what the All Golds are building around which is good people with a strong desire to help us achieve our goals. He is a very experienced rugby league player and will certainly help develop some of our younger talent. His international representation speaks for itself and we are looking forward to helping him continue his achievements at the Golden Fern.”
Ball’s rugby league pedigree is first class having commenced playing the sport as a youngster with the highly regarded Wigan club, St Jude’s, with whom he won the divisional championship. Moreover his skills were further honed in the systems of Super League clubs Wigan Warriors (education academy) and Salford Red Devils. Indeed he performed with considerable success in the latter’s academy before injury curtailed his involvement.
Darrion is adept in a number of positions but especially as a custodian or in the centre.
His talents caught the attention of the selectors and earned him the honour of representing the red rose county of Lancashire. Thereafter he was chosen to don the England jersey in the Commonwealth Games in Australia. Ball now lives in the West of England and has previously contributed greatly to the rising success of the well thought of Somerset Vikings club.
“I was very pleased when I heard the All Golds were coming to the city of Bristol. The club has gone about its dealings with me in a very professional manner and I am aware their facilities at SGS Stoke Gifford stadium are amongst the best in the country. I know the club has within its ranks some really good players and I am looking forward to joining the squad when preseason training starts.”