Kieran Dixon has now spent a big part of his life proving people wrong.
Told he was”too small” to make it in rugby union – where he left it into county representative degree as a schoolboy – and originally in rugby team, ” the goal-kicking winger is now one of the stars of the London Broncos team.
It’s a similar story for the club as well. Written off after winning back promotion to Super League, the Broncos produced after beating against Wakefield Trinity 42-24 in the season opener, the top flight sit up and take note.
Defending champions Wigan Warriors, leading League Leaders’ Shield winners St Helens and Catalans Dragons on their home gardening have fallen victim to the Londoners, that head into the final two rounds of the regular life with their destiny in their own hands.
“We have written off before we had even touched a ball at the upper flight, we said we wouldn’t win a game and there are no additional club ,” Dixon said.
“In Round We could prove a whole lot of people wrong and this was a particular moment. From there, we shocked a lot of people and also I feel a great deal of people underestimated what we are like as a group.”
Like many kids from Hackney, the early athletic dreams of Dixon involved playing with a round ball at his feet rather than an one in his palms.
He got into playing the 15-man code by means of a friend, but the visit of community rugby team coach and former pro Callum Irving for their school led to them going down that route instead.
“It was enjoyable,” Dixon explained, recalling his initial encounter of league. “You have to encounter folks, run around people, push people over, tackle them over – it was a lot different to football.
“I was told I had been pretty good at this, so it started in secondary school and just went from there.”
Having returned to the Broncos in 2017 following two season with Friday’s competitions Hull Kingston Rovers, Dixon is one of a core of gamers from London who have come through the youth program to perform for the club.
Full-back Alex Walker is just yet another. He went to college with ex-Broncos and Bradford Bulls’ Enfield-born half-back Joe Keyes, who convinced the promising footballer to shoot up baseball match.
Great enough to earn a trial with Ipswich Town in his youth, soccer’s loss has turned out to be the Broncos’ gain and the Scotland international is delighted to be playing a part in aiding the club that is Ealing-based attempt to establish themselves back into Super League.
“I’ve been here since I was 15,” Walker said. “Being back in Super League is where the club belongs, and it implies a lot for us to stay in Super League and continue fighting to keep up.
“It has been a challenging journey. My father was driving me around the M25 countless occasions, so we’ve been in Feltham, Barnet and to be settled with the scholarship and academy, it is fantastic and exactly what a golf club should be like”
When they were relegated when rugby league changed in 1996, was founder members of the competition, there have been questions regarding what the future held on a professional level.
The Broncos mounted a push for promotion in former player Danny Ward’s first season as head coach last year, Toronto Wolfpack that was magnificent and many observers to win last season’s Million Pound Game.
Along with proving they’re capable of blending it the group have won many admirers across the division as well.
“I think a great deal of fans across the globe are carrying London on as their second group,” social media supervisor Neil Reynolds stated.
“I do each of the social websites and every single day of the week today it is’I hope you remain up; we all really need to see London at the top flight; we’ve loved coming to London; London are a breath of fresh air’.
“It is continued during the entire year, so I think we can safely say London has attracted something to Super League 2019.”
Ward, that has been with the Broncos since they were playing in the Twickenham Stoop Harlequins RL, is convinced that the club have some stability as well in the Trailfinders Sports Ground after a nomadic history.
“We’ve got a wonderful facility here on the 4G also and the owner is growing the floor also, therefore it’s a wonderful setup ,” Ward said.
“The center of the club is still there and also what we’re all about. It is the exact identical proprietor people working here and the fans, who are London league whatever title it comes under.
“We think in rugby league from the capital, we think that it’s very good for the sport and we need an aggressive club around here.”
Despite each the positives to come from this year though, the Broncos stay at risk of falling back to the Championship after just one season.
The 36-10 defeat of Sunday left competitions Wakefield and the team two points adrift of Hull KR in the base of the table, which makes those games.
It is a similar scenario the team found themselves in last year to make the Qualifers and the Million Pound Game, and Walker is hopeful those experiences will benefit them for the visit to KCOM Craven Park.
“We have won a fair share of games a great deal of people did not believe we’d, but it is likely to come down to those 2 games we sum up the year, really,” Walker explained.
“We’ve been involved in a lot of big games over the past couple of years and a lot of must-win games, therefore I feel that the boys’ve got a lot of experience in these huge games and hopefully that’ll get us around Friday.”
Dixon is candid about the possibility of being relegated, but he understands it’s within him and the team to rise to the struggle of those stating the Broncos aren’t capable of preventing the fall.
“The thought of relegation is scary and it’s something that you would not wish upon anyone,” Dixon explained.
“It’s part of the sport, you can not help that, and we’ve got two games to establish a good deal of people wrong and prove to ourselves we’re worthy of being .”