STRONG-RUNNING prop Brad Brennan reckons Hunslet Hawks will survive in the Kingstone Press Championship this year.
Fans-owned Hawks are favourites for a quick return to League One, following promotion last year, but two games into the campaign Brennan has seen enough to convince him they will cause some upsets this term.
“I’m loving it,” Brennan said of his new club. “Training’s great and it is a good set-up here, great facilities and great coaching staff.
“The players are great and we are a good team. I think we are going to do very well this season, I think we will surprise a few people.”
Hawks have lost their opening two matches, against Featherstone Rovers and Batley Bulldogs, but Brennan pointed out: “We have played against two good sides, two well-drilled sides and we’ve proved we can handle the big boys.
“We’ve just come up short twice, but it is still a learning process.
“We are still a new team. We’ve had quite a lot of new players come in, including myself and we are starting to pick up now.
“The first half performance (on Sunday) was brilliant, but we just let it slip in the second half. But we have played two of the top sides in the league so far and proved we can stick with them and potentially beat them next time around.”
Brennan stormed over for his first Hunslet touchdown in the game two days ago and he added: “It’s always nice to get over for a try, especially against the club you played for last year.
“I am really enjoying it and I think we will come good. The coaching staff is brilliant here and they have helped me come on a lot.”
Brennan is already a well-travelled player, having begun his career in Warrington Wolves’ academy and also played for Barrow Raiders, Batley and York City Knights, where he had a loan spell last term.
“I’ve been round a few clubs,” he conceded. “Each of the clubs I’ve been to has helped me in different things.
“I am 22 and this is my fifth club now, so I’d like to settle down here. I played against Hunslet a few times last year when I was at York and I like the way they play.
“I like the coaching staff here and York was just too far, that was out of the question for me because I’m from Lancashire. I’m still travelling over, but it’s not too bad.”
Brennan admitted Hawks’ relationship with Leeds Rhinos is another attraction.
“I think that’s in everyone’s mind,” he said. “If you get a good season behind you then there’s always that potential of stepping up to Leeds, which has happened in the past.”