BRANDON Pickersgill staked his claim for a prolonged stay in the Bulls team with another impressive display against Hemel Stags.

The 21-year-old former Academy graduate ran in two tries including a stunning 70-metre effort to trigger an avalanche of scoring in the second half as John Kear’s men strengthened their grip on top spot in Betfred League One.

Having enjoyed a fruitful campaign to date with 16 appearances, the starlet is targeting further improvement – both on a personal and team level.

“The Hemel game was a really good one for me and was a reflection of how much I am enjoying my rugby at the minute,” said Pickersgill.

“It was a great team performance and the late burst of tries was a great way to finish the game.

“I was happy to contribute, and I am happy to play wherever. I am just excited to be a part of this team.

“This has been a real breakthrough season for me so far and it has been really positive, but I am just taking each game as it comes.

“Players like Ethan Ryan who have come up through the Academy before me have been great role models and are always there to offer advice if I need it.

“There is still a lot of talent in the Academy ranks, as shown by Rowan Milnes’ and Oliver Wilson’s inclusion in the England Performance squad – the future is bright.”