Brand Proud Of International Honours

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18th October 2017

Widnes Vikings Academy star, Keanan Brand, says that representing his country against France was an incredible end to a special year.

 Brand was selected for the England Academy tour last week, joining Danny Walker and Owen Farnworth in the squad. Having played at centre in the second test, setting up a try in the game, Keanan reflects with pride on experience.

 “The tour was brilliant for me, both on and off the pitch,” he said.

 “All the lads that were in that squad are quality, and I now have made mates for life. Growing up, all that I ever wanted to do was represent my country. It was brilliant to pull the England jersey alongside the boys.”

"Unfortunately, we didn’t get the result, but it’s great first experience for me to take forward.”

 For Keanan, making his international bow alongside Vikings stars Danny Walker and Owen Farnworth made the selection even more special.

 “To wear an England shirt with two close friends and Widnes teammates was an amazing experience. I’ll always look back on it when I’m older.”

  “The call ups for all three of us just go to show how hard everybody in the Club, and the Academy, works. The Club is really going in the right direction,” he said.

 Keanan’s international recognition comes on the back of a great 2017 season at Club level. Having performed superbly for the Academy, Brand was handed the Players’ Player of the Year award at the Academy End of Year Awards Dinner.

 “I’m still chuffed to have won that award!” he said.

 “Being recognised by your teammates is always great and it tops off a good year for myself.”

 Having been around the first team squad in training and match day squads, Keanan is not short of experienced to learn from as he forges his career. In particular, he credits the mentorship of former teammate, Chris Bridge.

 “Bridgey has been a great influence. I learned so much from training with him and playing opposite him in drills, as well as getting his advice off-the-field,” he said.

 “The same can be said about the rest of the senior players, who have welcomed us younger lads into the group throughout the year.”

 Keanan determined to build on his superb form in 2017 and push on to gain senior Club honours, following in the footsteps of the likes of Danny Walker, Owen Farnworth, Liam Walsh and Lloyd Roby. The stage is set for him to be the latest breakthrough talent to for Viking Stronghold Members to enjoy in 2018.

 “The next step is to try and push into the first team, but there is still so much hard work to be done,” he said.

 “I am looking forward to getting stuck in and hopefully pushing on make my Super League debut in 2018. Danny has killed it this year and a lot of the other lads have stepped up and shown what they can do, so hopefully I will get my chance.”

 “2018 is a big year for me, and it starts early-on by getting a good pre-season under my belt. Hopefully then I progress and get that big opportunity.”

2018 Stronghold Members can enjoy free access to all of Widnes Vikings Academy home games, as well as every Vikings 2018 Betfred Super League home game, including the regular Super 8s campaign. Plus, they receive a suite of exclusive Club and community discounts.

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