The Phenomenal Rise of Will Jubb!
Will Jubb is currently playing for York City Knights in the Betfred Championship but has had to fight very hard to get to where he is today.
It hasn’t been a straight road to playing the game as a career, but the former Hull Wyke and Hull Kingston Rovers hooker is now a key player for the newly promoted Championship outfit.
Will played an important part in helping the Knights finish as the league leaders of League One, and was later rewarded with a new contract post season. Having known Will personally it was to catch up and discuss his progression and challenges he had to overcome to build a career in the game he loves.
Here’s what Will Jubb had to say to GRM SPORT
Talk us through the challenges you had to overcome in your early years?
“ Well basically I had cancer in my eye when I was 2 years old which meant I had to have my right eye removed. As a result I have to wear a fake eye now. With regards to how it felt, I can’t really remember because I was so young. I think that was a blessing in disguise as well really! It happened while I was so young which meant I’ve never really known anything different.
“ I’ve just managed to adapt to seeing out of one eye. My family were always throwing balls at me and playing with me. I’ve just grown up being able to adapt to what happened which has definitely helped with my rugby and in life!
How important was the pathway set up by Hull Wyke in your development as a professional?
“ Hull Wyke were brilliant and I can’t thank the club, everyone involved at the club and coaching my team enough for all the help they gave me. I really enjoyed my time at the club, I made some really great friends there and was a real family friendly environment.
“ Every coach I had helped me develop my game in different ways and I owe all of them a lot of thanks. They definitely set me on the way to playing rugby league professionally by developing all my basic skills but most importantly making me enjoy the game.
When did you make your debut for Hull KR, who was it against and how did it feel to make your debut as a professional?
“ I Made my debut against London Broncos in the Super 8s on the 11th September 2016, I’ll always remember the date! It was an amazing feeling playing in front of all the fans and the fantastic travelling Hull KR supporters. I can’t describe the buzz that you get from it. It was made even better by the team winning and I even managed to grab myself a try, something I’m really proud of.
You set the bar for yourself at Hull KR and York came in. What was your initial reaction when you joined the league one outfit?
“ I was really excited by the challenge of playing for York! They are a great club and at the time were building back up to where they belong. It was a really exciting time to become a Knight, especially when they have a great fan base and a brilliant young coach.
“ The York City Knights story was something that I desperately wanted to be part of so it was an opportunity that I couldn’t miss. I was well aware of the challenge and stepping up to playing men’s professional rugby every week, but it was one I was really looking forward to challenging myself in.
The 2018 campaign must have been important for you personally and for the entire club, having won promotion and a new contract.
“ 2018 was a really special year for everyone involved at the club, like you say winning the competition but also setting new home and away World Record scores was unreal! It was definitely a season that I won’t forget that’s for sure! It was also really special because of the group of players and staff that we had. We all bought in to the club ethos and had a real in it together attitude and that was definitely one of the reasons we achieved what we did! It was a really special group to be a part of.
“ Obviously I was delighted to be offered a new contract at the club. I really enjoy everything about the club and want to be a part of it as long as I can. The training facilities are top notch, the fans are incredible and we are getting a new stadium built. Everything about it is on the up. The contract was definitely the cherry on the top of a great year.
Finally, Having played a few games in the Championship, what are the club's aims and objectives for 2019 and then what are your personal aims and objectives for the new year?
“ I think we need to aim as high as possible. Obviously it’s a really tough league and there are no easy games which makes it a really tough fixture list but we will definitely aim for them play off spots. There are some great teams in the league so it will definitely be a challenge but I think we will be up to it. We don’t just want to be taking part we want to be winning so we’ll be trying our best to do that by training hard and putting everything into our games. For me personally I just want to be playing every week, improving my skill set and hopefully keeping the number 9 shirt. I’m really enjoying playing and we’ve got two other great hookers at York and we all push each other hard which is good and can only make each of us better. Hopefully we’ll all learn off each other and keep pushing on. I’m definitely looking forward to what the season has in store.