Hurst signs for Broncos
The London Broncos have signed Alex Hurst on a full-time contract for the 2013 season.
Hurst joined the Broncos on a one month trial and has impressed during his time with the club. Hurst, 21, joins the club from Swinton Lions and is seen as a centre or full-back by head coach Tony Rea.
“It’s a big step up,” said Hurst, “It’s different from my previous experience as it is everyone’s job so everyone is conditioned and eating right, and in the right frame of mind.
“It’s a massive challenge for me and I’m dying to get some games under my belt and press for first team rugby. It’s what every rugby player wants to do and I’m here to take my chance.
“I’ve not come down to make up the numbers, I just want to rip in and be competing for a first team spot. I wouldn’t be down here if I didn’t think I was good enough, so I’m more than ready for the battle ahead.”
Head coach Tony Rea says Hurst has taken his opportunity well and met the challenges laid down by the coaching staff:
“He’s come down and been given a trial and shown everything there athletically. He’s got versatility and we’re looking at him as a full-back or centre.
“We’ve thrown him some challenges and he’s met them all. He’s mixed in well with the group and done everything we’ve asked of him.
“We think we’ll be using him if he keeps applying himself well, there’s an opportunity there for him. It’s over to him and he’s going to have to work.
“This time of year is easy,” continued Rea, “There’s no pressure of games and no decisions to be made. He needs to keep building on that for when the pressure of games is here.”
John O’Donnell, who joined on trial from Wigan Warriors, will remain at the club on trial until the end of February having also impressed during his one month trial.
“Again John is doing everything well athletically; we’ve not been in a position where we’ve been able to do a lot of football at the moment,” said Rea.
“I want to see him through the trials and team sessions. We think he’s shown some good things, we just want to have a look at him in the games.”