4th December 2017, 18:40
GETTING TO KNOW - JOE KEYES
Get to know star half-back, returning from 2017 World Cup action, Joe Keyes.
Who did you look up to as a young player?
I always looked up to Darren Lockyer, he played in the same position as me so he was someone to look up to and try and mould my game off while I was growing up. He was an inspiration to me.
How did you get a position in the London Academy?
I got picked up from playing amateur games when I was 12 or 13, first I was at Brentwood Silvers then I went over to Medway Dragons after that, then the Broncos picked me up from there.
You moved from the England set up to Ireland, how and why?
My dad side of the family is Irish and we heard that they had a few test games coming up so I qualified through my grandad and thought it would be a good opportunity to play some international rugby. Playing for Ireland means everything to me, I get to represent my family.
Who is your all-time favourite Bradford player?
Growing up watching Bradford I would have to say Lesley Vainakolo, he was so entertaining to watch he made so many great plays down the wing.
Favourite moment in a Bulls shirt?
My best moment was probably scoring on my debut, I think that everyone played really well in that game so scoring a try, in front of the home crowd topped off a great day for me.
Expectations for the season?
I’m really looking forward to it, it is something new to me playing in this league so I’m looking forward to seeing what it has in store. Hopefully we can have a good year and we can get ourselves back up there as soon as possible.
Who do you think will be the toughest opponent this year?
Both York and Hunslet recruited well. There are going to be a lot of good teams in this league that we need to watch out for. We are preparing tirelessly for what’s coming up so we will be more than ready for what this league has to throw at us.
Where do you think will be the hardest place to visit in 2018?
Going up to Cumbria is always going to be, it’s a long journey up there and the teams that you come up against are always really tough and test you physically.
How are you getting along during the recovery process?
It’s going really well, I don’t have the brace on anymore. I can’t wait to return to full running and get back to full fitness as soon as possible.