Broncos sign Nathan Stapleton for 2016

London Broncos have signed outside back Nathan Stapleton from Sydney Roosters on a one-year deal for the 2016 season, subject to a successful visa application.

Stapleton, 25, made his NRL debut for Cronulla Sharks in 2009 and appeared over 60 times in the club’s first grade before joining the Roosters in mid-2014. He won the NSW Cup with Cronulla in 2012 and also played in the Prime Ministers XIII in PNG.

“I’m very happy to be joining the Broncos, they have a great roster and coaching staff behind them next year and that will help drive them closer to the top,” said Stapleton, who will link up with the squad for pre-season training.

“It is a change of scenery, a new challenge and an opportunity to get my football career back on track. I’m excited to get there and start pre-season training and play some quality football again.

“Knowing I will be one of the senior players in the squad is exciting. Sharing my knowledge and experiences with younger players will not only benefit them, but myself as well.”

Broncos ead coach Andrew Henderson says Stapleton’s experience will be a benefit for the squad.

“He’s a very experienced player who has been in the NRL system for six seasons,” said Henderson.

“He’s played a number of first-grade games so he’ll bring the experience of playing at the top level; he’s a quality athlete who is big, fast and strong.

“He’ll be exciting to watch and he’ll add some real quality to the outside backs. He can play wing, centre or full-back, but primarily he’s a winger. He’ll give us some versatility and add more competition for places. He’s looking forward to coming to the UK and experiencing something different, a different competition and a different style of football. He’s hoping to be a real success at the Broncos.

“He comes highly recommended, and he’s not only a quality player but he’s also a decent person who is very professional. Those are all qualities I’m looking for with players I’m bringing in.”