12th June 2018, 22:28
LEARNING LESSONS IS KEY FOR KEYES AND COMPANY
Joe Keyes has called on his Bradford Bulls team-mates to learn the lessons of their last trip to Cumbria – paying tribute to the loyal supporters who awarded the half-back with a rousing reception.
The Ireland international made his eagerly anticipated return in the red, amber and black in Saturday’s 50-12 victory over North Wales Crusaders following a four-week absence with a back problem.
22-year-old Keyes was one of nine try scorers for John Kear’s side that afternoon as the hosts maintained their two-point lead at the top of the Betfred League One ladder.
Eager to kick on as we head towards the business end of the season, the half-back is looking for further improvement, on both a personal and team level.
“It was really good to get the full 80 under my belt even though I felt a bit rusty out there,” said Keyes, who is sponsored by George Timberley, Amelia and Jayden Cuffe.
“I am grateful to have come out unscathed and hopefully I can put that behind me and kick on now.
“It was frustrating not being a part of the success the boys had on the field but now we look towards a trip to Workington and we have to learn from the Whitehaven game.
“We need to prepare properly and put in an 80-minute shift or we will get caught out, we know they will come out of the blocks in front of their supporters.
“We need to stick to the game plan as we know how tough it is going to be we know what is like to be playing in turmoil and fortunately that for us is in the past.
“I know we will pack out the stands with the thousands of Bradford supporters we see everywhere, they are famous for a reason and I am grateful to them for the patience and support they have shown me.”