Michael Platt

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Michael Platt
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Personal information
Full name Michael Platt
Born (1984-03-23) 23 March 1984 (age 30)
Manchester, England
Height 188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 99 kg (15 st 8 lb) [1]
Playing information
Position Full-back
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2001–04 Salford City Reds 13 4 0 0 4
2004–05 Rochdale Hornets 22 10 0 0 40
2005–06 Castleford Tigers 55 23 0 0 92
2007–13 Bradford Bulls 143 46 0 0 184
2013 Dewsbury Rams 1 0 0 0 0
2014 North Wales Crusaders 3 0 0 0 0
2014– Salford Red Devils 2 0 0 0 0
Total 239 83 0 0 320
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2003– Ireland 6 2 0 0 8
As of 28 April 2014
Source: Rugby League Project

Michael Platt (born 23 March 1984) is a rugby league player who plays for the Salford Red Devils; he joined the Salford Red Devils in April 2014 and is contacted until the end of the 2014 season following a successful trial with the Superleague club..Michael joined the Red Devils following 3 appearances with the North Wales Crusaders in 2014. Platt's 1st choice position is Full Back but he has been more effective at Centre for the Bradford Bulls winning the 'Rugby League World Centre of the Month' for August.

Early career[edit]

Platt started his career at the Salford City Reds, making his début in Super League against the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in the final game of the 2001 season at just 17. However he never quite made the grade and was released by the club.

Michael then signed for the Rochdale Hornets. His impressive début season was somewhat blighted by a broken jaw, although he did go on to win the National League's Young Player Of The Year award in 2004.

Castleford Tigers[edit]

Michael then joined the Castleford Tigers, and helped the Tigers gain promotion in 2005. Despite the subsequent Super League season proving to be difficult in a squad which lacked quality, Platt still managed to score 7 tries. However after a heartbreaking 29-17 defeat against Wakefield in the final game of the season, Castleford were relegated.

Bradford Bulls[edit]

Platt joined the Bradford Bulls in 2007 after a dispute between Platt and Castleford over his availability. His first season started well and he topped the try-scorers league for a number of weeks at the start of the season. He extended his contract in 2011 for a further 2 years, meaning he will stay with the Bulls until at least 2013.

Season Appearance Tries Goals F/G Points
2007 Bradford Bulls 28 14 0 0 56
2008 Bradford Bulls 20 5 0 0 20
2009 Bradford Bulls 20 4 0 0 16
2010 Bradford Bulls 21 5 0 0 20
2011 Bradford Bulls 21 2 0 0 8
2012 Bradford Bulls 18 11 0 0 44
2013 Bradford Bulls 13 5 0 0 20
2014 North Wales Crusaders 3 0 0 0 0
2014 Salford Red Devils 2 0 0 0 0
Total 148 46 0 0 184

Return to hometown club[edit]

On the 18th of April 2014, Salford head coach, and former Bradford Bulls team-mate, Iestyn Harris signed up Michael to play for the Red Devils for the remainder of the 2014 season.[2][3]

International[edit]

Platt is an Irish international.[4] He was overlooked by Tony Smith for Great Britain and this has been seen to be due to his allegiance to Ireland for the World Cup 2008 in Australia, and the continuing outstanding form of Paul Wellens. However he was called up for the Great Britain Squad for the 2007 test series with New Zealand, and played at full back for the prestigious Northern Union game against All Golds in a centenary match.

He was named in the Ireland training squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup,[5] and the Ireland squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The official Engage Super League web site". web page. Super League. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  2. ^ http://www.superleague.co.uk/article/30004/platt-becomes-a-red-devil
  3. ^ http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/rugby-league/27067955
  4. ^ "Statistics at thecastlefordtigers.co.uk". thecastlefordtigers.co.uk ℅ web.archive.org. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Ireland Name World Cup 40 Man Training Squad". Rugby League Ireland. 2008-08-01. Retrieved 2008-08-02. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Cassidy included in Ireland squad". BBC. 2008-10-07. Retrieved 2008-10-07. 

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