Freeman will be a ‘massive loss’ to squad

PJ Freeman in action for Bridlington

PJ Freeman in action for Bridlington

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Bridlington face the tough test of finding a replacement for one of their unsung heroes.

PJ Freeman, who spent two-and-a-half years at Dukes Park, has been forced to return home to New Zealand after Visa complications.

Captain Ryan Girking said: “He will be a massive loss because he has been brilliant.

The hooker was named player of the season in his first year at Bridlington and Girking believes he will be tough to replace.

“It’s not easy to find someone who plays in his position, especially someone who is at his standard,” the captain added.

“He fitted in perfectly at Bridlington and got stuck in.

“During a game, his performance would often go under the radar, but he was so consistent. You don’t realise how good he is until he isn’t there.

“He was at every ruck, every maul, he was everywhere making tackles all over the pitch.

“He did all the hard work, he was not there to show off. He just wanted to do his best for the team.”

Girking said Freeman was also a popular figure off the pitch and Bridlington head coach Paul Cook added: “PJ is a great bloke, a very dedicated trainer and team man who will be a big loss. He is a fine technical hooker who throws in well and offers lots in the loose.

“He has been a great servant to the club and I know he is devastated to be leaving. PJ was a key part of our success so far this season.”