London lad Oscar Thomas has revealed he has fallen in love with life up north, even if it did take some time to adapt.
22-year-old Thomas made the move to Bradford from London Broncos ahead of the 2016 season, leaving behind the city he had spent the majority of his life in.
For anyone leaving the vibrant capital, the transition can be difficult, and Thomas admitted he too fell into that category somewhat.
But with life on the field going well, Thomas’ transition to living in one of England’s most multicultural cities has been an enjoyable one.
“I’ve loved every second of it really,” Thomas told TotalRL.
“It’s always a bit different coming up from London and a big city. When I first came to Bradford it was a bit of a culture shock but I’m getting used to it now and I love it.
“I moved in with Omari Caro which made the transition easier, and obviously I was training so I didn’t really have time to think about it.
“It’s home now. I’m right in the middle of the city so I have all the nice restaurants and there’s a new shopping centre right by my house, so it works out nicely for me.”
The Bulls have been handed a chance at redemption tonight when they face the faltering Sheffield Eagles, who stunned the Bulls by defeating them 46-28 at the start of April.
“Luckily we have a second chance to make it right,” Thomas said.
“Sheffield came at us and executed the game plan very well. But the boys have stuck together through some bad results and over the last couple of weeks we’ve started feeling good about each other.”
The match will be Rohan Smith’s first official game in charge since his appointment as head coach. Thomas admitted that the departure of James Lowes was tough to take, but the squad’s togetherness helped them get through a tough transition.
“We’ve made it easier for each other, but it can be difficult. There hasn’t been too much change and the new coach hasn’t done anything too much different yet.
“He’s very positive, which is important because you want someone to back you. The whole team wants to put down a marker to make sure they get in the team the next week and the week.”