Former Hull City and Fulham midfielder Jimmy Bullard has admitted to enjoying his work with Ladbrokes in an exclusive interview with GiveMeSport.
The former midfielder, who retired from the game back in 2012 whilst with MK Dons, was speaking as part of Ladbrokes Rugby’s ‘Who’s Got The Balls’ campaign, which sees him pit himself against Rugby Union star Austin Healey in a series of challenges.
And Bullard, whose antics during his playing days were often full of comedic value, has admitted he is enjoying his work outside of football.
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“I got the phone call one day and thought yeah, I’m up for that,” he said.
“There’s this stereotype that seems to exist, that footballers are thugs playing a gentleman’s game and rugby stars are gentleman playing a thug’s game.
“Me and Austin have done these challenges, and it was a great laugh to do. I feel I did alright myself but you’re just going to have to watch the footage and make your own decision!”
Never one to shy away from a challenge, the 36-year-old also spoke about his famous celebration against Manchester City in November 2009 where he mocked manager Phil Brown who had blasted the players on the pitch the previous season.
“It’s great when kids come up to me in the street and are like Jim, Jim, do the celebration.
“Basically blame Paul McShane. It was agreed beforehand that whoever scored the goal, and if the goal was important, then we’d do the celebration.
“Luckily it was me and I got the honour of doing it!”
Hull managed to hold then Mark Hughes’ side to a draw, but were relegated the following May.
Watch Austin Healey and Jimmy Bullard challenge the values of football and rugby in 'Who's Got The Balls?' at LadbrokesRugby.com #RealBalls
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