1st March 2018, 14:51 | championship

Broncos leading the way

Broncos leading the way

“The owner wants to put faith in some of the youth we’ve got coming through here and rightly so."

By Daniel Fowler

It has been a dream start to life as London Broncos head coach for Danny Ward.

With four league wins from as many matches in the Betfred Championship, Ward has led the Broncos to eye-catching triumphs against the likes of Toronto Wolfpack and Featherstone Rovers. 

After taking the top job at Trailfinders following the departure of Andrew Henderson, Ward's current task is to just keep the players' feet on the ground.

"Everyone is making a lot of noise about us now but we’re not getting excited," he said.

"It's only four wins from four, there’s a hell of a long way to go and there’s other teams who have had successful starts as well.

"It's all about focusing each week and not getting carried away.

"Yes, we can be confident in what we have achieved and how we are playing but we can’t get overconfident because everyone is capable of beating each other on the day.

"It’s so tight (in the Championship) this year, it’s exciting and we’ve just got to keep working hard."

One of the main success stories regarding Rugby League in London is the promotion of future stars.

If you have a quick look at the Broncos first team squad, you will see academy products Kam Pearce-Paul, Sadiq Adebiyi, Lewis Bienek, Jacob Ogden and James Meadows to name just five.

"It's very impressive and it’s a credit to the people like Jamie Langley, Huw Goodwin, Rob Powell – the head of youth – who have got this good system in place,” Ward added.

"They’re not looking out of place when they make the step up to first team either so credit has to go to the people who are putting in some hard work.

"The lads themselves are hardworking and we’re proud of our academy and junior systems down here in London and we’re constantly shouting about it.

"It's no secret we didn’t replace some players from last year. We’ve promoted from within which is a bit of a different strategy.

"The owner wants to put faith in some of the youth we’ve got coming through here and rightly so.

"It's pleasing we’re all on the same page in terms of the outlook of the club and where we are heading."

In 2015, the Broncos debuted in the Championship and struggled with their away form from the start.

But that story soon changed and while they still maintain a brilliant record on home turf, the capital club have been making waves outside of Ealing.

"Travel is obviously a big factor down here," Ward concurred.

"We travel on the day to away games every other week.

"Clubs come down to London once a year. It’s a massive part of our routine and we had to make that better, make the preparation better, and you do get used to it and get better at it.

"I think that has shown over the past couple of seasons as our away form has picked up.

"We can play well at home and make it a fortress but you've got to get wins on the road and that’s about how you prepare for games, both mentally and physically."

It is fair to say there won’t be a change to the formula if Ward's men carry on in the same vein of form.