TUOYO Egodo, man of the match for Bradford Bulls against Keighley Cougars, says that the secret to success is communication.

The 21-year-old, who has been partnering winger Dalton Grant on the right, switched to the left alongside Ethan Ryan for Sunday’s derby and bagged the second hat-trick of his career.

The centre admitted: “It is always good having good players inside of you, such as Jordan Lilley, and Ethan Ryan outside of you.”

As for his pairing with Ryan, who also scored three tries, the Londoner confessed: “It was our first game together and it is just flowing straight away and looked like we had been playing together for a long time, and hopefully we can build on that for the last few games.

“It is all about communication at the end of the day

“We all know what each other is doing and, having that inside and outside of you, the communication just flows.”

Egodo, whose first hat-trick came last September on debut for Castleford Tigers against Hull FC in Super League, has had six clubs before the Bulls, but is enjoying his time with the Betfred League One promotion chasers.

Last weekend’s derby attracted a crowd of 3,119, and he added: “It is a good experience – the ground, the stadium, the staff, the fans – and I have settled in well.

“You get a real buzz running out onto the pitch and the crowd get behind you and you can hear them calling your name and cheering you on and wanting you to do well. I look forward to playing here.”

It was good to get back to winning ways too, and Egodo said: “Against Workington it didn’t go our way, but we had two weeks to recover and it was good to get that win, and hopefully we can just keep it going and progressing week after week.”

As for this weekend’s clash at whipping boys West Wales Raiders, Egodo said: “Rugby league is rugby league and wherever you play you have to perform to the best of your ability.

“It is something that we are all looking forward to.”

Hooker George Flanagan, who crossed for two tries against the Cougars, is also hoping to enjoy the trip to the Raiders.

He said: “I have never been down to Llanelli before so it will be a good experience for me and the boys.

“We are going down the night before and it will be a good bonding experience away from the rugby. We have a good team spirit here with John Kear and Mark Dunning.”