In Focus: Danny Craven

In Focus: Danny Craven widnesvikings.co.uk
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20th February 2018

From being released by his hometown club at a young age to making his Vikings debut in 2010, Danny Craven has certainly had an eventful playing career so far.

Following his first appearance of the season against Warrington Wolves last weekend, James Messenger from the Vikings Media Team sat down with the 26-year old utility-back to find out where it all started…

 

How did you first get into playing rugby?

“Originally, I played football from the age of six, but my dad wanted me to play rugby. I didn’t want to at first- I cried my eyes out the first time I went to play! After that, I went to a session with my cousin and I loved it. I haven’t looked back since.”

What was it that attracted you to rugby league?

“Just being part of a team. I found something which I was good at and I enjoyed doing, but I also liked having a laugh with the lads too.”

Who were your rugby idols growing up?

“When I first started getting into it, I was a season ticket holder at St Helens. The likes of Paul Wellens, Paul Sculthorpe, Sean Long and Leon Pryce were the people who I’d watch growing up. Sean Long was a good runner of the ball, and he was the position I played, so I looked up to him.”

Did you get any advice when you were younger which has stayed with you throughout your career?

“One thing that my dad said was 'you only get out of it what you put into it'. I carried that attitude with me. I have taken quite a few knockbacks; I was let go by St Helens and was playing amateur rugby when I was 17. I was quite disillusioned with the whole thing, but I thought I’d give it one more year. I had a good season and Widnes decided to pick me up. I’ve not looked back from there”

How hard was it for you to bounce back from setbacks?

“It was hard as I’m a bit of a perfectionist. Being knocked back by my hometown club was tough to take, but I dusted myself off and grabbed the opportunity with Widnes with both hands.”

What was it like making your debut for the club?

“It was incredible. I played the last 20 minutes at Whitehaven [in 2010] when we were about 40 points up. The difference between first team rugby and academy rugby was massive, and something I’ll never forget.”

What would you see as a successful year for the Vikings in 2018?

“I would say top eight as a minimum. You want to finish as high up the table as you can, but I’m confident in the lads we have here. We’ve got to be looking up the table and beating those ahead of instead of looking over our shoulders.”

 

Danny and the rest of the Vikings will be looking to get back to winning ways when the Champions, Leeds Rhinos, visit the Halton Stadium. Get behind the lads by purchasing your ticket in advance of the game, click here for full ticket information.

 

This piece was first seen in the Vikings' 'One Club' match day magazine. Ensure you don't miss out on exclusive content such as this by purchasing yours this Sunday against the Rhinos!

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