London Broncos head coach Joey Grima has insisted that their disappointing 2014 will count for nothing next season, as they look to bounce back up to Super League at the first attempt.
The Broncos won just one game throughout the entirety of 2014, with a late-season victory against Leeds Rhinos the only win the London club managed to post all season. And Grima believes that such a poor season won’t matter when it comes to planning next year, saying that instead, the exposure the younger players have received this year can have a positive, long-term impact.
“Us having one win this year and not being in the best form will not really impact on them,” Grima told BBC London.
“All the younger players will benefit massively from being in a senior programme. They know know what it takes and what they will come up against.”
He continued: “They can go away understanding what is required and pre-season will put them in good stead for playing in the Championship.”
Grima also insisted he wants to create a positive legacy at the club, after a decade of relative doom and gloom in the capital.
“We are trying to work out what the best plan is, where we can have a headquarters for a longer period of time, rather than a year-by-year or two-year plan. It is certainly something that is in motion at the moment,” he said.
“David Hughes [Broncos owner] has been incredibly supportive, as has our general manager, of the direction I want to take the club. It’s my wishes that I leave the club with a happy and progressive legacy.”