The Bradfield brothers, Jason and Jarred, are team-mates in the Cowboys forward pack for the first time.
The Bradfield brothers, Jason and Jarred, are team-mates in the Cowboys forward pack for the first time. Gerard Walsh

Former Queensland Cup player links up with his siblings

JASON Bradfield has made it to the maroon jersey of his state, played Queensland Cup and now he just wants to enjoy footy with his brothers at the Warwick Cowboys.

The oldest of the three footballers, Jason, played in the back row for the Warwick Cowboys in the under-18 grade before debuting on the wing in A-grade.

"One season, I was playing second row in the under-18 team and centre in A-grade," Jason said.

While living at Killarney, he played for the Queensland Maroons in an under-19 victory against Western Australia and later moved to the Gold Coast where he played two seasons with Tweed and five with Burleigh Bears.

It was at the Bears where Jason played three Queensland Cup games, the level below NRL, as well as in a Burleigh FOGS Cup grand final loss to Redcliffe at Suncorp Stadium.

"I want to play in the same team as my brothers Jarred and Joel," Jason said.

Unfortunately, Joel is heading for a shoulder operation in the next fortnight so the trio won't be together this season.

Cowboys coach Ken Coles has no doubt that, if all three were available, they would have played A-grade together sometime in 2013.

"I saw Joel in a couple of under-18 games last year and you can tell if he concentrates on his footy, he can go a long way," Coles said.

"You can see why Jason played Queensland Cup, he has a high skill level, good mindset, the experience just comes out. He needs another three weeks to reach full match fitness.

"Jarred played very well against Gatton, he goes at 100 miles an hour and has plenty of speed for the second row."

Like coach Coles, Jason is impressed with Jarred's play.

"He is an awesome player who is the heart and soul of a club who can make 60 tackles and every second hit up," Jason said.

"Joel definitely has the ability to play at a higher level. It depends on what he does next season if we can all play together."

Jason has no doubt there are better times ahead for the Cowboys in A-grade.

"We matched Gatton for 60 minutes on Sunday," he said.

He is impressed with the play of the English recruits.

"All the players I have seen from England are workhorses who go all day."

Warwick is away to Pittsworth on Saturday in three grades.



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