Jacob Beer is hoping for a big season with Hunslet in League 1 as he targets a place in Italy’s World Cup squad.
The 18-year-old forward has joined the Parksiders on a one-year deal after coming through Huddersfield’s academy.
Beer is of Italian descent through his grandmother. He has declared an ambition to represent his heritage at next year’s World Cup.
He said: “It’s a goal of mine to be selected for the Azzurri, although not quite an immediate one. I’ve first got to hit my best form for Hunslet and gain some valuable senior experience.
“It’s good to be here, really good. I’ve got some happy memories of the South Leeds Stadium, having played in three finals here for my junior club Wetherby.
“And I’m aiming to ensure that I’ll help create happy memories for Hunslet, for our supporters. And for me and my family, who have always been very supportive, especially my mum Maria and my dad Andrew.”
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Hunslet coach delighted to have Jacob Beer on board
Hunslet coach Alan Kilshaw said: “Jacob was brought to my attention by a number of people including my former colleague Kim Williams, who has worked with the Giants’ academy the last two seasons.
“At a young age he’s still very raw, but he has some really good qualities in his game. He also possesses the personal attributes we look for in a player.
“I’m confident Jacob can adapt to League 1 and be a solid performer for us. He’s another local lad he will bring enthusiasm and pride to the Hunslet jersey.”
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The 36-year-old playmaker has made almost 400 career appearances for Castleford, Halifax, Sheffield, Dewsbury, Batley and Hunslet. He has also represented Italy on the international stage.
Brambani said: “I must admit the last few matches have gone well for me personally, but I’d already made my mind up.
“My body’s been calling me for a while now and I can’t really carry on at this level. It takes me until Thursday after games to recover and get back to normal.
“In all honesty it’s time to call it a day. I’m 36 years old now, I’ve played nearly 400 games and that’s had its effect – no-one can beat father time.”