Loose-forward Sadiq Adebiyi is in high spirits after successfully stepping up his rehabilitation programme.
The 24-year-old has been running laps of the training ground without pain and hopes to be back in the first-team squad by late summer after he ruptured his Achilles during a routine pre-season training session.
Adebiyi continues to work five times a week with the Broncos’ team of physios in addition to static skill-based drills with the club’s coaching staff and conditioning work in the gym.
August should mark the conclusion of a long 18 months for the Nigerian international, whose 2020 season was prematurely curtailed by a pectoral injury.
“Because of the pandemic, I didn’t feel like I missed out too much last year,” said Adebiyi. “But it has been a tough year or so, it’s heart breaking when you learn the extent of a bad injury.
“My Achilles injury happened when I was running to get myself onside during training. I pushed off my left foot and heard a pop, then it felt like someone had kicked me in the back of my leg. I turned around, no one was there and I knew there was a problem.
“I couldn’t put any weight on my leg. I prayed it was a calf issue, but the physios knew straight away it was my Achilles.”
Adebiyi has been in regular dialogue with club captain Will Lovell and former Broncos’ prop Francis Stephenson during his recovery.
Stephenson works for Rugby League Cares as a Transition Manager. The charity helps enhance and enrich the lives of people involved at every level of the sport from junior clubs to current and former players through the power of Rugby League.
The support of both men plus the Broncos’ management team and Adebiyi’s teammates has ensured the Lagos-born pro’s spirits have remained high.
He added: “Mentally it is tough, and I’ve talked to a lot of people about how to keep myself busy and tackle the challenges I’ve faced during rehab. But my recovery is going well, I have been running and my strength has come back quickly.
“We’re cautious not to rush things, though. Progression has been really good in recent weeks, and we don’t want to lose that.”
After moving to London from Nigeria as a six-year-old, Adebiyi proceeded through the ranks and represented Richmond Warriors at Junior League level before linking up with London Scholarship.
Having followed the Broncos’ progress as a youngster, Adebiyi explained turning up for training each day is a real priviledge and he feels blessed to represent the club.
He added: “It’s a dream to play for the Broncos, working with the club each day is a genuine priviledge.
“Most of the squad has developed through the Academy and the support we get from all the management and coaching staff is excellent.”