Towards the end of the 2017 season the then head Coach made the decision to release Matt Davies as he had enough players in the positions in which the talented 19 year old could play. Matt decided to take up the offer of an apprenticeship with The London Rugby League Foundation and be based in Ealing so as to work with the Broncos Community project.
We spoke to Matt to find out what his off season had been like.
“Obviously I got released earlier on in the season and really wasn’t sure what was going to happen. I just knew that I had to focus on the opportunity the London Rugby League Foundation had given me. Then I received a call from the club asking me if I would join in with pre-season training and of course I jumped at the chance. Losing two players in the halfback & hooker positions meant that I could maybe have a chance of showing Danny Ward, the new Head Coach, what I could do.”
“Initially I had planned to play for London Skolars and their head coach kept texting me to see what was happening. Jamie Langley told me that there could be a spot for me in the first team and he and Danny Ward have been amazing in giving me this opportunity. I finally signed with the first team just before the pre-season started and its the best feeling in the world.”
Matt told us about his plans moving forward, ” I will continue to do my Apprenticeship whilst playing here”, he said. ” It means that I will be working a lot for John Keyes and Dan Steele with the different programmes in the schools around Ealing. Coaching sessions with the kids while also implementing the Change For Life initiative”.
“Obviously I was a bit worried about training and continuing the work I had started but between the coaches and the community programme they have worked out a way for me to do both. I have already started on the plans we made and I am really enjoying it even if it does mean a very early start to get to the gym and be ready for the day”.
With pre-season now three weeks old Matt told us, “Its going really well I think. I had an idea what it would be like as I trained last year too. This group of players are like a family to be honest. A really tight knit group and not many changes from last year. Obviously, Matty Fleming has joined us and he has fitted in really quickly. We are still looking forward to getting the boys back from the World Cup and then we can really dig in after the Christmas break”.
“The season will be a tough one, no doubt, what with Toronto coming up and Leigh coming down but we still believe that have what it takes to make the top four if not the top two next year. We are all in a positive frame of mind and the Head Coach has really been working hard with us all”.
London Broncos start their season on February 4th at home to newcomers Barrow Raiders.