Now with the Manly Sea Eagles, the late maturing prop emerged as a real surprise with the Gold Coast Titans during the 2011 season, after making his long awaited NRL debut at the age of 27. He made the most of his opportunity in nine games for the club towards the back end of the season and subsequently earning himself a two-year contract with the club.
It was just reward for persistence and work ethic after the former Australian Schoolboys representative was restricted to playing only lower grade football for the Canberra Raiders previously prior to being given an opportunity to train with the Titans.
He has now become an integral part of the Manly forward pack, playing in the 2013 Grand Final for the club. His form in the 2013 season was so good, he was touted as a possible bolter for the Australian Kanagaroos squad for the 2013 World Cup and he was added to the Queensland Emerging Talent squad.
The ultimate professional, BJ was determined to be successful and with hard work and dedication he has proven to himself and those who know him that whatever he sets his mind to he will achieve.
BJ has also showcased that he has talents away from the football field with recent appearances on the Footy Show proving there maybe a career in front of the camera when his time on the field comes to an end, whilst also being an ambassador for ASPECT (Autism Spectrum Australia) and has independently raised close to $13,000 through his charity initiatives.