Leeds-born Bedford joined the Dragons from Rotherham Titans in the summer of 2011.
Starting at Leeds Rhinos where he played in the Rugby League academy, he was picked up by Sale where he switched to Union and joined their Academy. Sale Coach Steve Diamond, impressed with Joe took the scrum half to Saracens where he picked up caps for England Under 19s and Under 21s.
In 2005 Bedford played at Rodney Parade for England U21s against Wales U21s. Bedford was on the losing side on that occasion as Wales U21s started on their way to a Grand Slam.
Bedford returned to Yorkshire to play for Rotherham Titans where he continued to develop his game, catching the attention of former club Leeds Carnegie in the process. He was signed by Leeds Carnegie for the 2007/2008 season where he spent three years, gaining two years experience in the Premiership.
It was at Leeds that he came into contact with Dragons Head Coach Darren Edwards. When he arrived Darren was still playing and Bedford battled with him for scrum half selection. Bedford was the only player to start every game in the Premiership for Leeds in 2007/2008.
Bedford re-joined Rotherham in 2010 after they approached him to return as Club Captain at the age of 26.
From there he joined the Dragons in the Summer of 2011 and has been battling with Wayne Evans for the Dragons No.9 jersey.
Joe Played cricket in the Central Yorkshire League for New Farnley and is a keen golfer with a handicap of 13.
Season P W D L T C P Dg Pts
2011/2012 21 7 0 14 1 0 0 0 5
Matches Played In 2011/2012
|29/10/2011||Benetton Rugby Treviso||SH||0||0||0||0||0|
|12/11/2011||RC I Cavalieri Prato||Rep||0||0||0||0||0|
|21/01/2012||RC I Cavalieri Prato||SH||0||0||0||0||0|
|13/04/2012||Benetton Rugby Treviso||SH||0||0||0||0||0|
Total 21 7 0 14 1 0 0 0 5
- Joe and Hywel, alonside Tobys Big Mouth sign 1/9 ©Huw Evans Images
- Head and Shoulders 2/9 ©Huw Evans Images
- Vili Iongi tackled by Joe Bedford 3/9 ©Huw Evans Images
- Joe Bedford and Lorenzo Cittadini 4/9 ©Huw Evans Images
- Joe Bedford feeds the ball out from the ruck 5/9 ©Huw Evans Images
- Joe Bedford charges through the Russian defence 6/9 ©Huw Evans Images
- Joe Bedford charges through the Russian defence 7/9 ©Huw Evans Images
- Joe Bedford charges through the Russian defence 8/9 ©Huw Evans Images
- Joe Bedford charges through the Russian defence 9/9 ©Huw Evans Images