By Danny Roberts
Christopher Pittman has a wealth of experience in rugby league having played for a host of the UK’s most famous clubs.
Starting his amateur career at his local clubs; Leigh East and the Leigh Miners, the forward went on to play for the Bradford Bulls academy, the Warrington Wolves, the Widnes Vikings, and the team he grew up supporting, the Leigh Centurions.
After meeting his wife, Erica, Pittman decided to move to Boston as Erica had lived there for many years in the past. It was at this point that he decided to find out if he could continue his involvement in the sport he grew up with, though now on American soil.
A few emails later and a promising response from 13s Head Coach Robin Peers, and it’s now work as usual for the Englishman.
“I want to get people as hooked on rugby league as I am.”
It will be his first real season with the club this year, and the prop has already seen the vast benefits that Robin Peers and Dustin Cooper bring to the 13s.
“Having two highly experienced professionals at the helm gives us a massive advantage in terms of how we can develop the team. They understand what objectives we can realistically achieve and how to get us there.”
Although Pittman describes himself as a punching bag for the positions he plays (Prop and Second Row), he has already integrated himself into the ethic of the 13s, stating that it is a good set up and a lot like playing at home in his native UK.
“I want to get people as hooked on rugby league as I am. Boston is the perfect town for it because everyone is as sports mad as they are back home in the UK.”
Pittman is very optimistic of the team’s chances for the coming season too.
“The whole 13s camp is confident of a good showing this season, and it is clear that there is a lot of hard work put in at training. I think the team will do well. We’re coming along in leaps and bounds in the sessions, so if we keep going the way we are then I can see no reason why we can’t make the playoffs. Once there, anything can happen.”