DAMIAN SIRONEN MADE HIS BRADFORD BULLS DEBUT ON SUNDAY, AS HE IMPRESSED THE CROWD AGAINST A SUPER LEAGUE-QUALITY FORWARD PACK.
Sironen Shines, sponsored by Vision On, made his move from Tweed Head Seagulls last week and only landed in the country on Monday morning.
The natural-playing-prop took well to the number 13 role, as Bradford bolstered their forwards expecting a challenging game up the middle.
“I thought that the physicality and the speed of the game was up there with back home. I think both sides played a very quick game that suited me. I like the fast game, but we were just outclassed a bit,” said Sironen.
“It was hard for us to regather our line when we lost Gibson and Ryan, which left us a bit scattered. Although I felt very comfortable in defence when we had shape, but they are a class side and deserve to be where they are in the comp.”
Before joining the Bulls, Sironen admitted his main qualities of play stem from ball playing and offloading.
On the debutant’s first move of the game, he faked a pass which took him within a metre of Hull KR’s line before offloading in a two-man tackle to set up Liam Kirk to score the first try of the afternoon.
“I was happy with that, that is something I like to do in games. Pushing up and offloading, so Kirky scoring the try off it was great. Front rowers don’t score often so he was pretty happy.”
Sironen’s name rung around the Provident Stadium after an exceptional performance, leaving the newbie overwhelmed with the passion of the loyal Bradford fans.
“That’s the most people I’ve played in front of bar the Papua New Guinea game over there. We usually play in front of two or three hundred people, so to have thousands was unreal. The enthusiasm of the crowd lifts you and drives you, I was really happy with that.
“I really like the joint. I’ve really enjoyed my time so far, everyone has really looked after me and the boys have really welcomed me. I’m looking forward to my next couple of months here.”
Toovey’s expectations of Damian were fulfilled as the Head Coach trusted the Aussie to bring leadership qualities to the side, as they push on for the remaining games of the season.
“Bringing myself and a few others into the squad, with a couple of older heads around is good for the younger guys. I’m pretty excited about what we could do, if you give us a month or so to really gel, then going into the eights I think we will be very strong.”