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Bears hand one-year deal to 'raw talent'

9th August 2019, 17:00 by Bobbie Jackson

Bristol Bears have handed a one-year contract to former American Footballer Tyrese Johnson-Fisher.

The 19-year-old attracted worldwide attention in 2015 when he ran home four-tries for Oakham School in the Natwest Schools Cup.

Johnson-Fisher's blistering pace led to the video being watched 2.5million times and his reputation for being a speedster appears to have earned him a deal with Bristol.

He won the 60m National Indoor Finals in 6.89 seconds and was ranked third in the country in the Under-17 100m sprint.

The Brit spent last year playing american football and was a running back at Coastal Carolina University, while he also enjoyed a spell in Leicester Tigers' academy before heading to the States.

Bears head coach Pat Lam admits Johnson-Fisher is a "raw talent" but feels his ability to run with the ball makes him an attractive prospect.

Lam told the club's official website: "Having met with Tyrese and hearing his unique story, myself and Conor [McPhillips] were impressed with his attitude and humility.

"Although he's a raw talent, he's an explosive athlete with blistering pace. His hunger to succeed and grow as a player was obvious when talking with him and I believe our rugby programme and team culture will give him every opportunity to succeed.

"Tyrese has spent last year developing his education in the US college system, and now his focus is on proving his ability in professional rugby union - we're excited by what he will be able to achieve on and off the field."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Bobbie Jackson is a reporter with an in-depth knowledge of football at all levels. A Blackpool supporter, Bobbie is also a keen rugby union, boxing, MMA and UFC follower.

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