The University of Gloucestershire All Golds, a new semi-professional rugby league team in the UK, have announced that Abbeyleix man Tim Bergin has joined the squad for the 2013 season.
Tim gained 10 caps representing Ireland, and had been with the Sheffield Eagles since 2010. In his first year there he was the recipient of the Sheffield Eagles Shooting Star Award and in 2011 was voted the Ireland Rugby League Player of the Year. While studying in Scotland he represented the Scotland Students’ Rugby Union team from 2005-2008 receiving nine caps before switching to Rugby League in 2009.
Tim moved to Bristol late last year where he now works as a Consultant Business Psychiatrist, but is delighted to have the chance to continue his rugby league career with the new franchise. “I’m delighted to be joining the University of Gloucestershire All Golds and to be part of an historic first season for the club. The facilities available to us are top of the range which will give us a big advantage in our preparation for the season and should really aid us in keeping players at the top of their game.
“I’m also looking forward to playing for Brad Hepi who’s a great coach and is making huge strides with the All Golds. With the World Cup coming up at the end of the year, I’m excited to get going and make a real impact on the competition.”
The signing comes as the All Golds prepare for their opening Championship One fixture against Oxford at the Prince of Wales stadium in Cheltenham on Good Friday, March 29.
Mark Aston head coach of Ireland and Sheffield Eagles is fully aware of Bergin’s attributes “Tim has the will and desire to be the best that he can be and gives 100% in absolutely everything he does. He will bring a lot of great qualities to the University of Gloucestershire All Golds.”