FORMER England Academy captain Jordan Baldwinson has spoken of his desire to make a huge impact in Bradford Bulls colours, having last week agreed to join the club until the end of the season.
The 19-year-old forward arrived from New Zealand Warriors yesterday, alongside fellow pack man Mason Tonks, and the pair will this morning begin training with their new colleagues.
The young duo switched Leeds Rhinos for the NRL last year and return to Super League following a 10-month stint with the Auckland outfit.
Both come into contention for Saturday's game against Catalan Dragons and Baldwinson says he cannot wait to get started, insisting he will give everything for Francis Cummins' side.
“I am extremely excited to be here, as is Mason,” said Baldwinson, who appeared in pre-season friendlies against Gold Coast Titans and Wigan Warriors for the New Zealand club.
“This is a massive opportunity for both of us to make names for ourselves in Super League, while gaining valuable top-flight experience.
“If I can force my way into the line-up for this weekend, I will be over the moon. For sure, it would be a massive test for me but it is one I would relish if given the chance at this early stage.
“My time with the Warriors was hugely beneficial. I had the chance to play two first-team warm-up matches and numerous under-20s games, which I have been able to take away and learn from.
“I expect it is not going to be easy, as I try to gain a spot in the team, but I will do everything to impress Francis Cummins, his coaching staff, my fellow team-mates and, of course, the Bradford supporters.”
Baldwinson is intent on making his presence felt at The Provident Stadium.
He has skippered England youth sides, which have previously included rising Bulls talents Alex Mellor, Oliver Roberts and Nathan Conroy.
But Baldwinson, who can operate in the front and back row, claims he will be honoured to line up alongside some of his childhood heroes in the red, amber and black of Bradford.
“Injuries have really hurt this club but there is plenty of talent in the team and I really believe in what we can achieve over the next few months,” added Baldwinson.
“Both myself and Mason want to bring energy and 100 per-cent effort to Bradford, giving everything we have got.
“It is going to be amazing to play alongside Chev Walker and Matt Diskin, both are fantastic players who I always looked up to as a young boy.
“I know Alex, Oliver and Nathan quite well from my time with England and look forward to working with them and the rest of the boys.”
Both Baldwinson and Tonks will today be formally unveiled as Bulls players, before speaking with members of the press during this afternoon's pre-match media briefing.
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