Jordan Williams has returned to London Broncos after a spell on the other side of the capital with London Skolars.
The Broncos Academy trainee has now returned to West London and finds himself back amongst many old faces that have helped him settle back in without too much upheaval.
We caught up with the Hertfordshire centre to find out more about his journey across the capital.
So Jordan its been a while since you were at the Broncos. Good to be back?
It’s great to be back. It’s great to see so many faces I know from my academy days here and all the coaching staff too. Wardy & Langers too who both coached me in that Academy set up and it’s nice to be working with them in a first team environment now.
You are almost a London lad, coming from Hertfordshire, so how did you first get into Rugby League?
Well it started back home in Hitchin where I played for North Herts Crusaders. I was lucky enough to be picked for the London Origin series off of the back of my performances at there and from those I was spotted by London Broncos. The journey then continued on for me as Danny Ward was scouting at that Origin series and he watched me play and invited me to trial for the academy. I had a great two years in the system and felt that I developed in many different aspects of the game thanks to the coaches at Broncos. To be honest I wasn’t quite at the First Team standard when I came to the end of my academy spell and so my name was put forward for London Skolars. The coaches told me to keep working hard and developing my game and that they would keep watching me with a view to maybe coming back after a couple of years. Now here I am after keeping my head down proving that hard work does pay off.
How was your time at Skolars as there are a few more ex-broncos there?
Skolars is a great club to both be at and play for. Jermaine Coleman, the Head Coach, is tremendous and the former Broncos like Illiess Macani and Omari Caro are great guys. They gave me all the opportunities possible to improve as a player and a person that they could and the way they have their environment set up gives you such scope to improve. I loved my time their and its thanks to them that I can now make the jump to Championship and be back at the Broncos but this time as a first team player.
There are a few new faces here for 2020 including Touyo Egodo but he is one of many faces you already know as well as Sadiq Adebiyi, Dan Hindmarsh and James Meadows to name a few. Is it good to be back playing with them now?
It’s great to be back playing with lads that I called friends when I was here before. It makes the transition back into the club so much easier when there are so many faces that I already know. Having trained and played with maybe half the lads here has made my life a lot more straightforward than it could have been. It’s always difficult slotting into a new club but with these boys here they have made me feel a lot more comfortable fitting back in.
Are you looking forward to the challenge of Championship rugby now?
Absolutely. I am not under any disillusions that it won’t be tougher than League One as I know it will be. Each time you step up a league it’s always going to be harder. Pushing myself is what I thrive on though to be honest. Playing in League One for a couple of years has given me that drive and impetus to now make the jump to Championship rugby and I can’t wait to get stuck in.
Have you been following the Broncos journey since you were last here at all?
I have always kept one eye on the Broncos and their results. I like to keep on top of what they are doing and watching them on TV whenever they have been on. I must admit the 2019 season they had was such a rollercoaster that anyone in the capital who loves the sport should have been following them as they were the story of Super League. I have always felt the connection to the club even though playing for Skolars as seeing so many faces I know in the Broncos Super League shirt made me proud to have been a part of it and makes coming back that bit more special.
So Danny Ward was your Academy Head Coach as was Jamie Langley is it weird coming back to have them both coach you now together?
Wardy was my Head Coach in my first year of Academy and then in the second year Jamie Langley took over the role. It is weird how it has worked out but is really beneficial to me having had a relationship with both of them. It’s always been a really positive vibe working with both of them and it is still the same now just a lot more intense than it was in my earlier days.
What are your personal goals for 2020?
Firstly to become a regular in the team. I understand that being new from a part time club it can be difficult to get your feet under the table so to speak. The players that have been signed and their level is very high so all I can do is work hard, continue to develop and show the coaches on the training field that I have something to offer to the matchday squad.