Brand Happy To Be Back Playing

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5th September 2018

Following his attendance at the Club's PDRL session earlier this week, Widnes Vikings youngster Keanan Brand says he is happy to be back playing regular rugby after returning from a broken leg suffered earlier in the year.

On Monday evening, Keanan visited the PDRL players ahead of the Grand Day Out Tournament at Blackpool on Saturday. After completing the session with them, Brand admitted it was a pleasure to be involved.

"I was more than happy to come down and train with them in their session," he said.

"We want to make rugby league a sport for everyone to get involved with, so this is brilliant. I wished them good luck ahead of their trip to Blackpool on Saturday and hope they have a brilliant tournament."

Moving back to on-field matters, the talented centre was taken from the field after just seven minutes on his Super League debut against Hull Kingston Rovers in April. The 19-year old has worked hard in recovery to be back fit and playing again in 2018, and says he’s happy to be back in amongst the lads.

“Obviously it’s good to be back playing again after my injury against Hull KR,” he said.

“It was a tough few months in rehab, and it’s never easy when you’re injured and the lads are out on the field. For me, I was lucky that I had the likes of Kris (Inu) alongside me at the same time injured so we could push each other along. 

“Now that I’ve got back playing and fully fit in the U19s, the aim for me is to start applying some pressure on those above me and add more competition for places.”

Brand, alongside his U19s teammates, have had a decent year at Academy level. Currently sitting in 5th position, the Vikings still carry a chance of a top four finish and a spot in the end of season play-offs. 

Whilst results are not paramount to success at Academy level, Keanan says that performances this year emphasise the strength of the youth system at the Vikings.

“We’ve had a good year as a team, and there’s still a chance for us to make it into the top four.” he said.

“You only have to look at the first team and see the amount of talented Academy lads in there, and that is the same in our U19s at the minute. 

“We’ve got to keep doing what we have been doing all year long, and hopefully that will give us a chance at the play-offs.”

On a personal level, Keanan is hoping to continue to work hard and push his way back into the thoughts of the first team coaching staff. 

“Franny (Cummins) told me to get back fit and get some games under my belt in the U19s, and that’s what I’ve done,” he said.

“I feel like I’ve done okay and I’m getting back to where I want to be performance wise. I’ve just got to keep working hard and hopefully I’ll get another chance to show more of what I can do then I was able to against Hull KR.”

Our U19s take on Warrington Wolves this weekend in a huge game at the Halton Stadium (kick-off 2pm). Entry is FREE for all 2018 Stronghold Members. Come down and get behind the boys on Saturday!

Tickets for the clash against the Rhinos are available to purchase. Buy them online here, visit the Vikings Superstore, located within Tesco Extra, or call the ticket line on 0151 495 2250. 

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