9th February 2019, 09:25 | londonbroncos

'Laid-back' Ward helping Broncos settle in Super League

'Laid-back' Ward helping Broncos settle in Super League

London Broncos full-back Alex Walker says the laid-back nature of head coach Danny Ward is helping the players settle into Super League.

The former Leeds forward, who at 38 is the youngest head coach in Super League, is one of the game’s characters and his joviality appears to rub off onto his players.

“I definitely think it does,” said Walker. “He’s a character, quite laid-back, always laughing and joking with the boys.

“It definitely helps take away any nerves that we’ve got.”

The Broncos overcame a nervy start against Wakefield last Sunday, falling 12-0 behind early before recovering to post an impressive 42-24 victory in their first game back in Super League since 2014.

The Londoners seek to make it two wins out of two when they visit Salford on Sunday and will also be confident of gaining more points when they take on another of last year’s bottom-four teams, Hull KR, in a re-arranged fixture a week later.

However, 23-year-old Walker, who polled three points in the first round of voting for the 2019 Man of Steel award, says last year’s promoted side are happy to retain the underdogs tag.

“It’s a nice position to be in,” he said. “There’s no pressure on us, nobody expects anything from us so we can just go out there and enjoy ourselves and prove people wrong.

“It was a brilliant start but I don’t think we can get ahead of ourselves. We’ve just got to keep working hard, as we have done this week in training.

“Salford is a very tough place to go, they had a very good start to the season as well, as did Hull KR, but we’re confident in our own ability to go up there and put in a good performance and try to get the two points.”

Walker, a Scotland international who was born in Harlow in Essex, made a solitary appearance in the Broncos’ relegation year and never gave up hope of adding to it.

“I always believed we could get back there,” he said. “I had a little sniff in the last game of the season that year.

“You always want to play against the best and being back in Super League with London is a dream come true.”