Joe Keyes: London Broncos deal 'a dream' for stand-off

Joe Keyes
Stand-off Keyes joined London Broncos at the age of 12

London Broncos youngster Joe Keyes says playing for the Super League club has always been his dream.

The 18-year-old stand-off was one of three teenagers to extend their deals at The Hive earlier this month.

"I've been following the club since I was about five years old," Enfield-born Keyes told BBC London 94.9.

"I used to be a mascot when I was really little. Eventually running out and playing is something I have wanted to do since then. It's been a dream."

He added: "The club has been a massive part of my life as I have been here since I was 12.

"After all these years it feels really rewarding to sign a professional deal but the hard work starts now."

Keyes is yet to make his Super League debut but he has been named in the Broncos squad to face Widnes this weekend after missing out on being included in the matchday side against Huddersfield in round 17.

"I've spoken to Joey [Grima, Broncos head coach] and other people involved and I feel I'm on the verge of breaking through to the first team," he said.

"I have got to keep on improving and hopefully I will get there. I really want to challenge myself and push on for next year."

The Broncos, who are yet to win a league game this season, look set to be relegated from the top flight but Keyes is happy to continue his development in the capital.

"I haven't experienced Super League and haven't been around that environment yet," he said.

"Going down to the Championship will be good for the club. We'll start getting more success, attract more fans and I think it will be more beneficial in the long-run.

"We are producing good players. There are some in the first team already and there are others like Dan Sarginson and Tony Clubb who went off to Wigan.

"It does show we can do it. I have always wanted to stay here. This is my home and where I am happy.

"I wasn't looking to go elsewhere as I always wanted to pull on that blue-and-black jersey."

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