Bradford Bulls


10th March 2018, 13:57


Ethan Ryan insists he and his team-mates are well prepared for another titanic tussle with West Yorkshire rivals Keighley Cougars this Sunday - the second meeting between the two sides so far in 2018.

The former Cougars Scholar played in the 28-20 Joe Phillips Memorial Trophy victory over the Cougar Park outfit, a clash which proved fiery throughout.

John Kear’s men travel to Keighley looking to preserve their 100% start to the season following wins over York City Knights and West Wales Raiders previously.

And with bragging rights at stake and an unbeaten record to preserve, 21-year-old Ryan claims these are occasions that the players relish and believes being disciplined will prove the key to bring the two points back to Odsal.

“These games are always great to play, the derby matches I have played in always live up to the billing,” said the winger, who is sponsored by The Goodwin Family.

“We know what to expect this time around, things got a bit heated last time out.

“We are better prepared for the battle and we know we need to do a better job of keeping our heads when things get a bit fiery.

“There are huge bragging rights at stake but we are still unbeaten too so there is plenty to go at.

“This is a massive step in our season, we need to be winning these games if we are to achieve what we want to achieve.

“There is a huge buzz about the place and we hope to take that into Sunday’s game and get the two points.”

Flying winger Ryan is entering his third year as a Bull having debuted in 2016, following a series of impressive try-scoring performances for the Bradford Bulls Academy outfit.

Boasting an incredible 34 tries in 39 appearances in the Red, Amber and Black of Bradford to date, the former Queensbury and West Bowling amateur has become an integral figure in the first team since his senior bow.

Primarily a winger but competent in any position across the back-line, the Bradford-born star is eager to continue learning from the likes of Gregg McNally and Lee Smith in the coming weeks and months.

“We have a great squad in place and it is a squad that shows our intentions for the year ahead,” said Ryan, 21.

“We want to get back to the Betfred Championship at the first attempt and I believe we have the squad to do that.

“With Gregg (McNally) and Lee (Smith) we have plenty of opportunities to tap into that experience, they are class players and we are lucky to have them at the club.”