Originally a Union player, he made his England debut against Ireland in 1988 aged 21 and played on the summer tour against Australia.
After training as a policeman he switched codes from Rugby Union, which was then an amateur-only game, to Rugby League, where he became a professional. He played for Great Britain at league, for England in the 1995 Rugby League World Cup and signed for Leeds, before moving on to Halifax, as well as enjoying a short spell in Australia with Balmain Tigers.
After the tour he played twice more for England at Rugby Union before switching back to League with Huddersfield Giants.
He is currently involved with Leeds Tykes community rugby programme and matchday entertainment. He is an Honorary President of the Yorkshire Region of the rugby charity Wooden Spoon improving the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in Britain and Ireland.
Born in Dewsbury, he currently lives in nearby Mirfield with his wife Sandy and three children. Hosting and coaching at rugby camps across England with Sale Sharks, Newcastle Falcons and Leeds Carnegie.