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Last Updated: Wednesday, 25 June, 2003, 02:26 GMT 03:26 UK
Peden keeps motoring on
By Phil Harlow

London Broncos forward Bill Peden
Peden played for the Newcastle Knights for 11 seasons

Former car mechanic Bill Peden has slotted straight into the London way of life since his arrival from NRL outfit Newcastle.

Twice a Grand Final winner, the 33-year-old loose forward is keen to emulate his success with the Knights now he is a Broncos player.

"My family and I really enjoy living in England," Peden told this website. "I feel really settled and that can only be good for my rugby.

"I'd always wanted to join a Super League club - it was a challenge I really fancied taking on.

"I'd played against quite a few of the Broncos' squad before and I knew that they had a lot of quality players.

Peden was also attracted by the challenge of developing British rugby league outside of its traditional strongholds in Lancashire and Yorkshire.

"London isn't part of the natural heartland of rugby league in this country and I suppose I saw that as part of the appeal of coming here," he said.

We want to get some wins at home to pay the crowds back
Bill Peden
"It's going to take a little while to win the local people over - it won't happen overnight.

"But if we can be successful at what we're doing then that will help us no end."

The Broncos have had an inconsistent start to the season, recording some fine victories away from home but struggling back at Griffin Park.

Wins at Bradford, Wigan, Hull and Castleford have moved them into play-off contention but Peden is at a loss to explain the disparity between their home and away form.

"You expect to win more games at home than you do away, and so far we haven't done that," he said.

"We've had some great wins on the road but from our point of view, we want to get some wins at home to pay the crowds back.

"There's nothing I can put my finger on to be honest - if we knew what it was we'd sort it out straight away.

"We're just going to have to put in a lot of hard work. If we can do the little things right in training then that will start to show on the pitch as well."

If it all goes wrong, Peden could go back to his previous job, although he may need to shake off a little ring rust.

"To be honest, I don't even work on my own car any more," he said.

"I think I've forgotten more than I ever knew! I could change a flat tyre but that's about it."




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