24 year old Welsh international, Ben Evans, spent the off-season (and much of pre-season) recovering from a groin injury. Making his debut off the bench against Oldham, the prop forward earned his first start against Dewsbury only a week ago, and says his goal for the season is simply to get better every week.
“Recovery was good – I started just before Christmas (in pre-season) doing some running, and then after Christmas started contact. I played in a few friendlies – more with the 19s – which was good, just to get game time. Then I got my chance two weeks ago, and stayed in, which was good.
“I’m very happy to be back out on the pitch with the boys – signing at London, I wanted to play as many games as you can. I wasn’t sure when I’d get my chance – obviously, missing a part of pre-season set me back, but luckily I got my chance a few weeks ago, and now it’s about keeping it.
“I’m really enjoying life in the capital – pre-season was long, so I didn’t really get a chance to do much. Life at the Broncos is different – you know, the training’s different. Doing field first, I’ve never really done that (it’s always been weights first), but I don’t mind it, it’s good – the field is where everyone wants to be.
“There’s a definitely family feel here – a lot of the boys aren’t from here – it’s just us. Down here, there’s only two people outside of rugby I know (two mates back home from Wales). Everyone sticks together – all the boys do stuff on their days off, whether that’s just going for a coffee or going into central London, it’s really good.
“The games against Oldham and Dewsbury were tough conditions – I’ve not played on muddy pitches like that for a few years. The wind was just as bad as the pitch! They’re the games you’re going to get early on in the Championship though, so it was good to get through them and get through injury free, and get more minutes under my belt.”
How will the team fare against the Bulls, today?
“Bradford has got better every week – they’re bringing new players in; they brought Scott Moore in a couple of weeks ago, and he seems to be doing a lot for them. They’ve also got a few boys from Leeds on loan – they’re building a good team. They’re over everything that went on off field, and they’re really starting to really build a team and get some form – they’re getting better each week.
“Should be a good game, should be a fast game as well.
The Broncos have won three games from four in the early part of the Championship season, but says the squad know it’ll be a tough ask against the Bulls, and indeed against all Championship sides in 2017.
“We’ve won ugly sometimes – Oldham away was ugly. Bradford will have some confidence though – they lost the first two, and won the last two, and they’re building a stronger team each week. They’re coming down the night before – that tells us that they think they fancy their chances.
“Finishing top two last year, and the signings we’ve brought in, and us making it clear that we want to make Super League – we’re not just happy to be in the top four this year, our goal is to try and get back to Super League – other clubs want to knock us off that, and big it up for our game.
“Other teams will want to try and beat us and prove they can beat a full time team – there are only three teams that are full time in the Championship, so other clubs will want to put that mark on.
“We nearly beat Hull KR – I think that, if we didn’t believe it then, we do now. Those questions of ‘are we good enough?’, and we’ve just shown that we are. We’ll get better throughout the year – there are ten new faces, and four young lads that have come up, so when we get those combinations together and get used to how each other plays, we’ll only get better and better through the season.
“My goal is playing – do my best, get better every week, try and help the team get back to Super League, and hopefully the World Cup at the end of the year.”