Winter recruit Titus Gwaze will line up against his former club on Saturday when we host Oldham RLFC in the Betfred Championship.
The 21-year-old joined the Broncos on a permanent deal from Wakefield Trinity in February having spent the last two seasons on loan at Oldham RLFC.
Gwaze is looking forward to seeing old friends – but is fully focused on the match with two points on the line.
“You’ve got to block those friendships out during the game,” said Gwaze. “For 80 minutes, my friends will become my enemies. If you dwell on off the pitch friendships while playing things can go wrong. We have got a professional job to do.
“I have a good understanding of how some of Oldham’s players play but we must prepare to expect the unexpected. Sport would be easy if everything happened theoretically, so we have used the last three weeks in training to develop our own team cohesion so we can play with as much impact as possible.
“It’s an exciting challenge and the squad is keen to make amends for our defeat to Halifax earlier this month and push on.”
Gwaze’s pathway to becoming a professional rugby league player did not follow the traditional route.
Born in Zimbabwe, the prop played rugby union in South Africa as a youngster before his interest in rugby league was sparked when he moved to the UK in 2011.
He featured for West Yorkshire club Underbank Rangers as a 15-year-old before joining Wakefield Trinity in 2019 where he made his Super League debut.
Moving homes is not unfamiliar for Gwaze, and he has consequently settled into life in the capital well.
He said: “It’s a great environment to be in. I can confidently say being at the Broncos is the best I have felt at a club in my career. It’s professionally managed and the people have welcomed me into the Broncos’ family.
“Since I started my trial in the winter, I was 100 per cent up for signing and jumped at the opportunity when it was offered to me. Although my family and partner are based up north, I am committed to the badge and excited by the season ahead.
“It’s a shame I haven’t had the chance to meet the club’s supporters yet as I’ve only heard good things about the fanbase. Hopefully restrictions continue to ease, and supporters can attend games safely soon.
“I’d like to describe myself as an impact player, someone that can bring plenty of energy into the team when it’s needed.”
You can watch Gwaze in action against his former club on Saturday when the Broncos host Oldham RLFC by purchasing a season pass here.
Kick-off is at the earlier time of 2pm.