Dan Hoyes paid tribute to quick-thinking teammate Brock Pelligra after he scored his first senior try for London Broncos on debut against York City Knights at the weekend.

The Broncos academy graduate found himself in the right place at the right time after Pelligra’s accurate kick to the right was caught and offloaded by Paul Ulberg to the waiting teenager who crossed over.

Hoyes – who combines his commitments to the Broncos with studying A Level psychology, history and product design – is now keen to retain his place in Mike Eccles’ squad and feels his personal game has made significant strides this season.

Reflecting on Sunday’s dream first try for his hometown club, the teenager was quick to applaud Pelligra and Ulberg’s build-up play which led to him registering his first senior try.

“Brock pulled off a beautiful cross-field kick which Paul caught and left me with the job of crossing over,” said Hoyes. “I’ve got Brock and Paul to thank for my first senior try, but it was an awesome feeling.

“I really enjoyed making my debut, and it’s great to take that next step in my career. I feel like my game is developing well and consequently I’m enjoying my time with the Broncos.

“The challenge for me is to retain my place in the first team. It’s a busy period for me with exams – I’m still completing my schoolwork on the bus journeys home.

“But once my exams are out of the way, I’m determined to make the most of my time and continue my development.”

Hoyes graduated from the Broncos Academy in 2021 and described the club’s development pathway as an appealing feature to talented young players based in the south-east.

He added: “The Academy is such an important part of London Broncos. The player pathway is there for everyone to see – and I’ve been made to feel very welcome in the first team.

“We’re a close-knit club and results have been difficult, but we’ve got a big game against Dewsbury this weekend and that’s where all our focus is.”