London Broncos Rugby League player Joel Wicks says the Broncos junior players will only get better with experience.
Wicks, 20, proudly captained the Broncos for the first time in the absence of Nick Slyney and Richard Mathers as head coach Joey Grima blooded a number of youngsters in the pre-season friendly game against Skolars on Sunday.
The Broncos ran out 36-14 winners with a team made up of 11 first team squad members and nine Under 19s players.
“I’m really proud of the young boys who stepped up in the game and really gave it a dig in contact,” said Wicks. “It’s definitely really good for them to play with players like myself, Jon Wallace and Toby Everett who have come through the system and are now full time. It shows that if you work hard in the Under 19s you’ll get rewarded and Joey is a believer in that.
“I was really proud to be named captain for the Skolars game and lead the boys out. It didn’t change my game but I was a bit more vocal. I’m pleased with the result, we made it hard for ourselves and we were poorly disciplined in parts. When we turned the ball over we defended really well and we didn’t give up.
“I’m just going to keep working hard and keep giving it 100 per cent at training and working in the areas I need to improve on. Being given the chance to captain the side has helped with my leadership skills and helped me be more vocal.”