Mikolaj Oledzki on ‘legend’ Sonny Bill Williams & Channel 4 opportunity

Drew Darbyshire
Mikolaj Oledzki Leeds

Leeds prop Mikolaj Oledzki is feeling refreshed ahead of the new Super League season after spending a few days in Ireland, where he met up with Sonny Bill Williams.

The 23-year-old, who has made 80 appearances for Leeds since making his debut in 2017, has just finished pre-season training ahead of the new Super League season.

Leeds begin their season in a highly-anticipated clash with Warrington, which will be shown live on Channel 4 this Saturday.

And Oledzki is ready to fire on all cylinders after spending a couple of days in Ireland. He even meet up with dual-code legend Sonny Bill Williams alongside Huddersfield centre Ricky Leutele and Leeds team-mate Bodene Thompson.

He said Love Rugby League: “We had a weekend away with a few of the lads. We went to Ireland just to get away for a few days and refresh ourselves before the season starts.

“We came in this week with a fresh mind and body, we are well-recovered and ready to go.

“There were two lads who knew Sonny really well from back in the day. They wanted to go see Sonny and I kind of asked could I go too. It was a really good weekend.

“I played against Sonny at Headingley (in 2020). It feels like a long time ago now because of all the Covid stuff but I managed to get a game in against him.

“He’s a very kind and very nice guy. He welcomes you with open arms and he just treated me like one of the guys. He is a legend in both codes and off the field he is just as good.

“We just wanted a weekend away so we could refresh and make sure we are firing on all cylinders this week.”

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Mikolaj Oledzki grateful for Channel 4 opportunity

Australian comedian presenter Adam Hills will present the Super League coverage on Channel 4 in 2022, and Oledzki believes Channel 4 showing Super League is a massive boost for the game.

He added: “It is a breathe of fresh air for the fans, the lads that play and for the sport.

“We’ve got an amazing product which is great to watch. It is a shame that not everyone gets to watch at home because of certain reasons or they can’t come to the game, but Channel 4 now offers everyone the opportunity to see rugby league for what it is and how good of a sport it is.

“Hopefully it can start things up and increase our audience. Hopefully we can get more fans.

“There is a lot of positives and benefits to this and we can all say that we are really grateful that Channel 4 are getting involved with us, broadcasting our games and getting it out there for everyone to watch.

“Friday nights at Headingley are special but I reckon Saturday will be up there.”

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