Pritchard keen to discuss Bedford future

James Pritchard
James Pritchard

James Pritchard is hoping to discuss his future with the Bedford hierarchy soon about whether he has a future at the club.

Bedford’s all-time leading points scorer was speaking after the Blues hosted a testimonial match for the player who first made his appearance for the club back in 2001.

Skippy’s Invitational XV beat a Bedford Blues select XV 60-41 in a hugely entertaining affair featuring a number of current and former Blues players, all coming together to celebrate Pritchard’s career at Bedford that has been nothing short of outstanding.

When quizzed about his future after the game, he said: “I’m just waiting to see and sort it out; I’ve got the World Cup to concentrate on first.

“I’m ready to play again for another season, hopefully we can discuss that soon and I’ll be back here next season.”

Pritchard’s son was one of the 150 junior Blues who graced the Goldington Road turf before and during the half-time break of the main match.

The former Northampton Saints man managed to attract 998 through the gate to celebrate with him, and with the junior Blues playing an integral part, it shows what the Blues means to the man born in Western Australia.

“It was great for the young lads to do that, that was a big thing for me,” stated the full-back.

“That’s what you should give back to the club I think; I’ve got a young fella now who is getting involved with the junior Blues, it’s all about another generation.

“The more they can come out here and enjoy themselves and get a chance to run out on the Goldington Road pitch, which isn’t very often, then all for the better.”

In just over four months’ time, Pritchard will be hoping to join an elite group of players to play in his fourth World Cup if he is selected by Canada. With the tournament happening in the country where he has spent most of his career, it’s understandable that the Canucks’ all-time leading points scorer is excited about the opportunity.

Pritchard said: “There is still a lot of hard work before getting there and trying to get in that squad, but if I’m in the squad of 30, then it’ll be one hell of an experience.

“To be playing down the road at Milton Keynes and Leicester, it’s going to be one hell of an experience. There’s probably no better way to finish my career off.

“A lot of people I speak to have got tickets and will be coming down to support us, it’s very humbling. They sort of want to come down and make Canada their second team besides England or one of the home nations.

“It is great to hear about and it will be superb to see quite a few Bedford flags flying around Milton Keynes those days as well as Canadian flags, and hopefully that will push us on to sneak one past France!”