Star Peacock gives the hard cell to prisoners on winning mentality

Leeds Rhino's player Jamie Peacock, visiting HMP Armley, Leeds, to give a motivational presentation to prisoners from the Resettlement Wing as well as officially open the Wing.

Leeds Rhino's player Jamie Peacock, visiting HMP Armley, Leeds, to give a motivational presentation to prisoners from the Resettlement Wing as well as officially open the Wing.

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LEEDS Rhinos star Jamie Peacock is used to taking no prisoners.

So he was the ideal man for the job when Armley jail bosses wanted someone to give inmates a no-nonsense pep talk.

The 34-year-old prop went inside the prison walls to reveal the keys to his success.

He told the YEP: “I was never the most naturally talented person, but I worked hard.

“There are lessons that I have learned throughout my career that apply to everybody.

“Hopefully some of these things will act as reminders to them when they get into the outside world.”

Peacock, who grew up in Bramley, used the motto ‘no white flag’ to inspire prisoners on the resettlement wing. The wing is for those serving less than two years who want to turn their backs on crime.

The former Great Britain captain told about 70 inmates they needed to have a good attitude, set goals and believe in themselves.

One of those who heard the talk was Shaun Labassiere, 29, from Chapeltown, who is serving a sentence for assault.

He said: “It was really inspirational. His words are something to take back to the cell and think about.

“You have got to believe in yourself. It did strike a few chords.”

Andy Briers, 27, from Castleford, who is serving a sentence for robbery, added: “I used to play rugby league so I was excited to hear him.

“He spoke a lot of sense.”

The resettlement wing opened last September.

It houses 200 prisoners who will be living in West Yorkshire after their release and who have expressed a desire to turn their lives around.

Experts in housing and employment are permanently based on-site to help them plan for life outside.

Head of resettlement and rugby fan Mark Hudson e-mailed Peacock to ask him to speak to inmates.

Mr Hudson said: “He’s a real local lad done good and an inspirational figure.

“If he gets through even to just one or two of the lads in here it will be worth it.”

After the talk, Peacock cut a ribbon to officially open the resettlement wing. Visit www.nowhiteflag.co.uk.

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