Whitton's O'Callaghan ready for Broncos' Super League kick off
2:52pm Friday 3rd February 2012 in Rugby League
Jamie O’Callaghan has his sights set on big things for the new Super League season, writes Conor McGlone.
The 21-year-old from Whitton, who started playing for the West London Sharks at 14, was picked up by London Broncos on a scholarship five years ago.
O'Callaghan played his first full season for the team in a baptism of fire last year, which saw the Stoop outfit, then called Harlequins RL, endure a miserable campaign at the foot of the table.
The season started well with four wins from the opening five games including a 36-26 win a t Leeds Rhinos and 26-17 win at Saturday’s visitors St Helens before things turned sour.
But O’Callaghan has high hopes for the new campaign: “We’ve brought in some really good players and I’m looking forward to see how we go.”
“We started well last year but through injuries things got difficult, we didn’t have the depth like we do now.”
Broncos have made ten new signings including dual code international Craig Gower and Manly Sea Eagles winger Michael Robertson.
With so many new players he knows it will be hard, but O’Callaghan has vowed to fight for his place. “The people we have brought in are excellent, like Craig Gower, he’s a top class player,” he added.
“It’s a strong squad so I need to train well, play well and see if I get picked.”
Ten new signings may have London Broncos fans dreaming of a change in the club's fortunes after last season’s disastrous campaign.
But head coach Rob Powell, who is all set for his second season in charge, has warned patience is a virtue when it comes to meeting raised expections this time around.
“Expectations have gone up from last year because of the quality of the players we have brought in,” he said.
“There is clearly a time when the team needs to come together and gel and you’re not going to get the finished product in a 10-man changed around squad straight away.
“The team reached its potential by round five last year. You won’t see the best of what this team can offer by round five whatever the results.
“What I can guarantee is that by round 27 the team will look a lot better than what they did in round one.
“If we can make the home ground a hard place for teams to come then that gives us a chance of going up the table.”