A BRADFORD Bulls ace is ready to get on his bike to raise funds in memory of his grandfather.

Jordan Lilley, 23, will be part of a nine-strong squad of cyclists riding from Liverpool to Leeds for the Alzheimer's Society.

He will take on the challenge in honour of his grandfather Arthur (both pictured below), who died of the disease aged 84 in 2017.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

Jordan and the squad, which includes players from Farsley Cricket Club, hope to complete the ride along the towpath of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal in around 12 hours on July 26.

The Bulls half-back says he wanted to do the charity challenge for the charity for someone he idolised. He even bought his grandad's house in Stanningley after his death where he now lives with his girlfriend.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

Jordan said: "It will be a challenge. I like a challenge. It is a charity close to my heart.

"My grandad was an all-round good bloke. He used to watch me play.

"He just had a really good heart. He would look after anyone.

"He was a big part of my life. It still gets me now and again that he has gone.

"He was one of my idols, we were really close. He was brilliant.

"He didn't pass his driving test, so he used to get the bus everywhere. We took 21 buses together one day, that was our record.

"I found out my grandad had died after playing for the Bulls against Hull KR at the Big Bash three years ago.

"We will be finishing the cycling challenge at Farsley Cricket Club and some of the other lads are doing it for other charities like Cancer Research."

Meanwhile, Jordan says his is champing at the bit to make a return to action for the Bulls after their season was curtailed just a few games in due to the coronavirus pandemic.

He added: "I keep checking on all of the announcements to see if anything is changing about rugby league starting again.

"I'm champing at the bit, I have been doing cycling and running during lockdown and I'm probably fitter now than I have ever been. I can't to get a ball back in my hands and being with then lads again. I'm looking forward to it."

However, Jordan has kept himself busy during lockdown, not only building up his fitness business but also constructing a bar in his back garden.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

The Bulls star says the bar has been built using 13 wooden pallets and has become a spot where he and his next door neighbours can share a drink and a laugh over their fence.

It is named the Arthur and Lorna Inn in honour of his grandparents.

He added: "I sit out in the bar quite frequently. When my missus is watching Eastenders in the house, I'm outside in the bar watching something on my laptop."

Go to justgiving.com/fundraising/jordan-lilley to make a donation.