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  1. Supporters could be forgiven for expecting Broncos Head of Performance Mike Eccles to be feeling frustrated following almost a year of false dawns and cancellations to his plans for training, and more recently the 2021 Pre-Season. However speaking to the club earlier this week Mike was refreshingly upbeat and spoke with remarkable positivity.

    “We have to take from this as much as we can. The culture of the club and the mind set of the team is all about controlling what you can, and not worrying about what you can’t. The expectation was that as long as the players remained safe and healthy in lockdown, there’s no reason they shouldn’t be returning in great shape; and they’ve done that. I’d say a large portion of the group have not only used the lockdown positively but have actually made huge improvements to their aerobic fitness levels.”

    It is because of the players looking after themselves so well Eccles and his performance team expect the players to ‘hit the ground running’ potentially getting a ball in their hand earlier than usual on their return but warned the players will still have the usual tough pre-season to look forward to.

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    He added “The players can still expect a tough pre-season but we can possibly get into skills and ball sessions quicker than usual which has been well received by Wardy and Langers. The players took balls, cones and various other bits of kit home with them after the season was cancelled and I know they have been trying to do what they can. The limitations however on what skills players can do on their own is obvious so it’s imperative we get the boys back into the rugby side of things from the off. I’d say getting back into skills and a consistent structured gym programme as well as just being back together again as a group will be the things the players will be looking forward to the most.”

    Another positive for Eccles, the clubs longest serving member of coaching staff, is the ability to monitor players personal training runs using GPS which has meant that the performance dept has been able to see the times and distances of the players runs without breaking covid protocol. Eccles said “We live in world where you can pretty much monitor anything you like by simply downloading a phone App. The players have have sent back their running and cycling times to us throughout various periods of lockdown and as I mentioned earlier, the times have been really impressive so it is clear the boys have kept themselves in good shape. The period of time away from the club has also given players with injuries and niggles time to heal which they potentially wouldn’t have had in a normal year. It’s very seldom too that players get to focus solely on aerobic fitness without juggling bumps, bruises and a hectic training schedule.”

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    With the players expected to return to training at the clubs new facility at Rosslyn Park imminently Eccles hopes this is the last enforced break for the Broncos and has everything ready for the players return.

    “The facilities at Rosslyn Park are very similar to what we have been used to. The 3g pitch means we will not be interrupted by weather issues and gives us a higher standard of training than a grass pitch would at this time of year. We like to perform everything at speed when we train from conditioning sessions to offensive and defensive sessions. The surface here allows us to do just that.”

    “Geographically Rosslyn Park is closer to the Plough Lane Stadium in Wimbledon which I know the club are trying to secure a deal on to play at so there is a positive for us there too.”

     

    The Club will bring supporters regular updates from Pre-Season with Mike Eccles and his performance team as the Broncos aim for a big 2021 in the Betfred Championship.

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  2. Supporters could be forgiven for expecting Broncos Head of Performance Mike Eccles to be feeling frustrated following almost a year of false dawns and cancellations to his plans for training, and more recently the 2021 Pre-Season. However speaking to the club earlier this week Mike was refreshingly upbeat and spoke with remarkable positivity.

    “We have to take from this as much as we can. The culture of the club and the mind set of the team is all about controlling what you can and not worrying about what you can’t. The expectation was that as long as the players remained safe and healthy in lockdown, there’s no reason they shouldn’t be returning in great shape; and they’ve done that. I’d say a large portion of the group have not only used the lockdown positively but have actually made huge improvements to their aerobic fitness levels.”

    It is because of the players looking after themselves so well Eccles and his performance team expect the players to ‘hit the ground running’ potentially getting a ball in their hand earlier than usual on their return but warned the players will still have the usual tough pre-season to look forward to.

    PMI_London_Broncos_v_Huddersfield_DH_201

    He added “The players can still expect a tough pre-season but we can possibly get into skills and ball sessions quicker than usual which has been well received by Wardy and Langers. The players took balls, cones and various other bits of kit home with them after the season was cancelled and I know they have been trying to do what they can. The limitations however on what skills players can do on their own is obvious so it’s imperative we get the boys back into the rugby side of things from the off. I’d say getting back into skills and a consistent structured gym programme as well as just being back together again as a group will be the things the players will be looking forward to the most.”

    Another positive for Eccles, the clubs longest serving member of coaching staff, is the ability to monitor players personal training runs using GPS which has meant that the performance dept has been able to see the times and distances of the players runs without breaking covid protocol. Eccles said “We live in world where you can pretty much monitor anything you like by simply downloading a phone App. The players have have back their running and cycling times to us throughout various periods of lockdown and as I mentioned earlier, the times have been really impressive so it is clear the boys have kept themselves in good shape. The period of time away from the club has also given players with injuries and niggles time to heal which they potentially wouldn’t have had in a normal year. It’s very seldom too that players get to focus solely on aerobic fitness without juggling bumps, bruises and a hectic training schedule.”

    PMI_London_Broncos_v_Whitehaven_090220_0

    With the players expected to return to training at the clubs new facility at Rosslyn Park imminently Eccles hopes this is the last enforced break for the Broncos and has everything ready for the players return.

    “The facilities at Rosslyn Park are very similar to what we have been used to. The 3g pitch means we will not be interrupted by weather issues and gives us a higher standard of training than a grass pitch would at this time of year. We like to perform everything at speed when we train from conditioning sessions to offensive and defensive sessions. The surface here allows us to do just that.”

    “Geographically Rosslyn Park is closer to the Plough Lane Stadium in Wimbledon which I know the club are trying to secure a deal on to play at so there is a positive for us there too.”

     

    The Club will bring supporters regular updates from Pre-Season with Mike Eccles and his performance team as the Broncos aim for a big 2021 in the Betfred Championship.

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  3. The London Broncos are thrilled to announce another new partnership for 2021 with Sports Medical suppliers Firstaid4sport.

    The company, based in Lincolnshire, are already suppliers to a host of sporting clubs across the UK including Castleford Tigers, Huddersfield Giants, Leicester Tiger, Blackpool FC and Lincoln City FC and will take over the supply of the Broncos Medical department this month. Firstaid4sport supply a wide range of medical products including pre-packed kits for sports such as Football, Rugby and Cricket and their high quality products will be used throughout the Broncos from 1st Team to Scholarship.

    Speaking earlier this week on the deal London Broncos Head of Commercial James Milner welcomed Firstaid4sport to the club saying “I’m really pleased to have struck a deal with the guys at Firstaid4sport. I spoke to Michael towards the end of 2020 and was really enthused by his passion for their business and knowledge of the Broncos. The foundation of a good Commercial department at any club is partners that are focussed on supporting that club and Michael really sold that to me during our conversations. We are pleased to have them on board and look forward to working with this great company.”

    Firstaid4sport Managing Director Michael Davison was equally please to announce the partnership. He said “The London Broncos are an incredible club that hold similar values to us at Firstaid4sport, values such as community, respect and passion.”

    He added “We are proud to become the Broncos Official Sports Medical Supplier. With our product range and the knowledge of the Broncos Medical team we can help in the prevention of injuries and assist in player recovery, vital to any clubs success. The London Broncos are entering a new era and being able to support the club and their wider network of community clubs is really exciting for all of us at Firstaid4sport, it’s going to be an exciting year both on and off the pitch.”

    You can find Firstaid4sport at www.firstaid4sport.co.uk

     

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  4. The London Broncos are thrilled to announce another new partnership for 2021 with Sports Medical suppliers Firstaid4sport.

    The company, based in Lincolnshire, are already suppliers to a host of sporting clubs across the UK including Castleford Tigers, Huddersfield Giants, Leicester Tigers, Blackpool FC and Lincoln City FC and will take over the supply of the Broncos Medical department this month. Firstaid4sport supply a wide range of medical products including pre-packed kits for sports such as Football, Rugby and Cricket and their high quality products will be used throughout the Broncos from 1st Team to Scholarship.

    Speaking earlier this week on the deal London Broncos Head of Commercial James Milner welcomed Firstaid4sport to the club saying “I’m really pleased to have struck a deal with the guys at Firstaid4sport. I spoke to Michael towards the end of 2020 and was really enthused by his passion for their business and knowledge of the Broncos. The foundation of a good Commercial department at any club is partners that are focussed on supporting that club and Michael really sold that to me during our conversations. We are pleased to have them on board and look forward to working with this great company.”

    Firstaid4sport Managing Director Michael Davison was equally pleased to announce the partnership. He said “The London Broncos are an incredible club that hold similar values to us at Firstaid4sport, values such as community, respect and passion.”

    He added “We are proud to become the Broncos Official Sports Medical Supplier. With our product range and the knowledge of the Broncos Medical team we can help in the prevention of injuries and assist in player recovery, vital to any clubs success. The London Broncos are entering a new era and being able to support the club and their wider network of community clubs is really exciting for all of us at Firstaid4sport, it’s going to be an exciting year both on and off the pitch.”

    You can find Firstaid4sport at www.firstaid4sport.co.uk

     

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  5. London Broncos Head Coach Danny Ward has completed the signing of French International Romain Navarrete following the players release from Wigan Warriors.

    Navarrete, who has played more than 80 Super League games including spells with Wakefield and Catalan Dragons, became the first French player to appear Grand Final in 2018 with the Warriors and will bring a wealth of experience to the Broncos pack for 2021.

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    Speaking to the club earlier today Navarrete was eager to get started with his new club and was ready to embrace the challenges ahead. He said “I am very excited to have signed for London, after speaking with Danny and learning of the desire to get the club back to Super League, and I think with my new team mates we can do that.”

    “This will be a real challenge and it motivates me to deliver for Danny and the rest of the boys. I know a few of the players already and I am excited about getting started with them and settling in, as well as meeting the London fans when they can get back to the games.”

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    For Coach Danny Ward the signing of Romain Navarrete was much needed in an area that needed strengthening and he was delighted to get his man saying “We are Delighted to have Romain on board with the Broncos for 2021.”

    Ward continued “Props are certainly an area we’ve been looking to strengthen after losing Buttie (Rob Butler) and Big Norm (Dan Norman) and Romain is just what we’ve been looking for. He’s a quality middle with lots of experience at the top with Wigan, we can’t wait to get him over and start working with him in preseason.”

     

     

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  6. London Broncos Head Coach Danny Ward has completed the signing of French International Romain Navarrete following the players release from Wigan Warriors.

    Navarrete, who has played more than 80 Super League games including spells with Wakefield and Catalan Dragons, became the first French player to appear Grand Final in 2018 with the Warriors and will bring a wealth of experience to the Broncos pack for 2021.

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    Speaking to the club earlier today Navarrete was eager to get started with his new club and was ready to embrace the challenges ahead. He said “I am very excited to have signed for London, after speaking with Danny and learning of the desire to get the club back to Super League, and I think with my new team mates we can do that.”

    “This will be a real challenge and it motivates me to deliver for Danny and the rest of the boys. I know a few of the players already and I am excited about getting started with them and settling in, as well as meeting the London fans when they can get back to the games.”

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    For Coach Danny Ward the signing of Romain Navarrete was important for an area that needed strengthening and he was delighted to get his man saying “We are Delighted to have Romain on board with the Broncos for 2021.”

    Ward continued “Props are certainly an area we’ve been looking to strengthen after losing Buttie (Rob Butler) and Big Norm (Dan Norman) and Romain is just what we’ve been looking for. He’s a quality middle with lots of experience at the top with Wigan, we can’t wait to get him over and start working with him in preseason.”

     

     

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  7. For most London Broncos fans Sunday 1st March 2020 seems like a lifetime ago, our last competitive Home fixture, a defeat to Featherstone Rovers, and a 73rd minute try from home grown product Jacob Ogden proving to be one of only a few highlights that day.

    For Jacob is was his 4th appearance of the season and a regular run in the side which he was enjoying, having worked hard to try and establish himself in the First Team for the Championship promotion push that never happened.

    “I was really gutted when the season came to a halt so quickly in March.” Ogden said. “I had played in 4 out of the first 5 games and was enjoying my rugby and training well. I was expecting to have played more games in 2020 so the cancelled season came at a really bad time for me.”

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    Having come through the Broncos Academy set up with other current first team players such as James Meadows, Dan Hindmarsh and Gideon Boafo the Jamaican International knows many of the current squad well and believes there is a good mix of young players and experienced professionals fighting for places in Danny Ward’s starting 13 for 2021.

    Ogden knows 2 of those players better than most, sharing a house with Sam Davis and Ollie Leyland, and he has been grateful for the company during the difficult 10 months since the season ended. He said “I’ve known Sam since I was 15 and it’s good fun living with him and Ollie. We keep each other going and try to stay positive which has been hard without training to go to.” Ogden added “I’ve been doing a lot of running and some home workouts but really missed training with the boys and coaching staff.”

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    During the summer Jacob answered a call from John Keyes to assist with the creating of a garden for the children of Woodlands Academy and spent some time there removing bushes and trying to help create a nice space for the kids. As well as this Jacob is studying for a degree in Strength and Conditioning and much of this has been done at home due to the closure of Universities.

    The hard work and promise shown by the former Midlands Junior Academy player was rewarded with a new contract towards the end of 2020 and Ogden was thrilled to be staying with the Broncos saying “I was really happy to sign another deal with the club. I know so many of the lads here and I’m really enjoying my time with the London Broncos so can hopefully kick on and have a good season whenever that will start.”

    Club CEO Jason Loubser also holds out high hopes for Jacob in 2021 saying “Our production line of talent is the future of the club and along with many of the other young homegrown players in our squad Jacob has the chance now to grasp a chance to make a starting place his own and impress Danny in Pre-Season.”

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  8. For most London Broncos fans Sunday 1st March 2020 seems like a lifetime ago, our last competitive Home fixture, a defeat to Featherstone Rovers, and a 73rd minute try from home grown product Jacob Ogden proving to be one of only a few highlights that day.

    For Jacob is was his 4th appearance of the season and a regular run in the side which he was enjoying, having worked hard to try and establish himself in the First Team for the Championship promotion push that never happened.

    “I was really gutted when the season came to a halt so quickly in March.” Ogden said. “I had played in 4 out of the first 5 games and was enjoying my rugby and training well. I was expecting to have played more games in 2020 so the cancelled season came at a really bad time for me.”

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    Having come through the Broncos Academy set up with other current first team players such as James Meadows, Dan Hindmarsh and Gideon Boafo the Jamaican International knows many of the current squad well and believes there is a good mix of young players and experienced professionals fighting for places in Danny Ward’s starting 13 for 2021.

    Ogden knows 2 of those players better than most, sharing a house with Sam Davis and Ollie Leyland, and he has been grateful for the company during the difficult 10 months since the season ended. He said “I’ve known Sam since I was 15 and it’s good fun living with him and Ollie. We keep each other going and try to stay positive which has been hard without training to go to.” Ogden added “I’ve been doing a lot of running and some home workouts but really missed training with the boys and coaching staff.”

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    During the summer Jacob answered a call from John Keyes to assist with the creating of a garden for the children of Woodlands Academy and spent some time there removing bushes and trying to help create a nice space for the kids. As well as this Jacob is studying for a degree in Strength and Conditioning and much of this has been done at home due to the closure of Universities.

    The hard work and promise shown by the former Midlands Junior Academy player was rewarded with a new contract towards the end of 2020 and Ogden was thrilled to be staying with the Broncos saying “I was really happy to sign another deal with the club. I know so many of the lads here and I’m really enjoying my time with the London Broncos so can hopefully kick on and have a good season whenever that will start.”

    Club CEO Jason Loubser also holds out high hopes for Jacob in 2021 saying “Our production line of talent is the future of the club and along with many of the other young homegrown players in our squad Jacob has the chance now to grasp a chance to make a starting place his own and impress Danny in Pre-Season.”

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  9. The last time Jarrod Sammut wore a shirt with the London Broncos badge on he was steering the side around the park to a famous Million Pound Game win in Toronto.

    Roll forward to the very end of 2020 and the popular half back returns to the club as Head Coach Danny Ward makes Sammut the latest addition to his squad.

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    Sammut, known for his maverick style of play that has seen him change a game on it’s head time after time, returns to the Capital following spells with Wigan Warriors and Leigh.

    The capture of Sammut has pleased owner David Hughes who had a big part to play in getting the deal over the line. He said “After talking at length with Jarrod I was very impressed with hsi enthusiasm towards a return to London and equally Jarrod was encouraged when I set out our ambitions for the coming season and beyond. That included our new acquisition strategy to strengthen our squad and our desire to win the Championship, thus being back in the Super League where we belong.”

    He added “He is also looking forward to working with, and developing, our young halves. Most importantly Jarrod has that rare X Factor in him that can change a game. We will welcome him back into our club and I’m sure our loyal fans will do so too.”

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    Broncos Head Coach Danny Ward was equally excited to have secured the signature of the popular Australian saying “My hair’s finally grown back from the 1st time around with Jarrod so we’re looking forward to welcoming him back. We all know what he’s capable of, I believe he’s played some of his best rugby at the Broncos, including some huge performances on our way to promotion in 2018.”

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    Jarrod had this to say to fans when we spoke to him earlier today. “I’m buzzing to be back with the Broncos for next season. After achieving what was deemed the impossible it’s hard not to have a special place in my heart for this club. The raw feeling and emotions from that season and leading up to that moment of gaining promotion still resonates deep within to this day and leaves me with a feeling I’m constantly chasing.”

    “A special mention to David Hughes who has always made me feel welcomed and part of the club along with Wardy and the staff. 2021 – here’s to repaying the faith and recreating more magical moments.” #RideEmBroncos

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  10. The last time Jarrod Sammut wore a shirt with the London Broncos badge on he was steering the side around the park to a famous Million Pound Game win in Toronto.

    Roll forward to the very end of 2020 and the popular half back returns to the club as Head Coach Danny Ward makes Sammut the latest addition to his squad.

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    Sammut, known for his maverick style of play that has seen him change a game on it’s head time after time, returns to the Capital following spells with Wigan Warriors and Leigh.

    The capture of Sammut has pleased owner David Hughes who had a big part to play in getting the deal over the line. He said “After talking at length with Jarrod I was very impressed with hsi enthusiasm towards a return to London and equally Jarrod was encouraged when I set out our ambitions for the coming season and beyond. That included our new acquisition strategy to strengthen our squad and our desire to win the Championship, thus being back in the Super League where we belong.”

    He added “He is also looking forward to working with, and developing, our young halves. Most importantly Jarrod has that rare X Factor in him that can change a game. We will welcome him back into our club and I’m sure our loyal fans will do so too.”

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    Broncos Head Coach Danny Ward was equally excited to have secured the signature of the popular Australian saying “My hair’s finally grown back from the 1st time around with Jarrod so we’re looking forward to welcoming him back. We all know what he’s capable of, I believe he’s played some of his best rugby at the Broncos, including some huge performances on our way to promotion in 2018.”

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    Jarrod had this to say to fans when we spoke to him earlier today. “I’m buzzing to be back with the Broncos for next season. After achieving what was deemed the impossible it’s hard not to have a special place in my heart for this club. The raw feeling and emotions from that season and leading up to that moment of gaining promotion still resonates deep within to this day and leaves me with a feeling I’m constantly chasing.”

    “A special mention to David Hughes who has always made me feel welcomed and part of the club along with Wardy and the staff. 2021 – here’s to repaying the faith and recreating more magical moments.” #RideEmBroncos

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  11. London Broncos Head Coach Danny Ward has cast his net wide this winter in his bid to bolster the squad for 2021 and hooked himself a Sea Eagle in Lebanese International Abbas Miski.

    Miski, who played in the NRL for Manly will join the club in the New Year subject to a visa being granted. Whilst playing for Lebanon the Penrith born speedster has hauled 9 tries in 9 games and is set to add a serious threat to the Broncos attack next season.

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    The player was introduced to Danny by a former club favourite who knew a thing or two about scoring tries himself with 48 tries in his time in London. Ward said “Abbas came highly recommended by our old mate and Manly assistant, Chad Randall. We’ve been looking to strengthen in the outside backs and he will add some quality on the edge. A strong ball carrier and a good finisher, I am sure he will become a favourite with the Broncos faithful.”

    Speaking from his home in Australia Abbas had this message for the Broncos supporters ahead of his move saying “I’m very pleased to have signed with the club, from speaking with coach Danny Ward and seeing the recent signings I know the club is looking to have a successful season and I want to be a part of that. I’m eager to get over and meet my teammates and coaches and get stuck into a good pre season before round one. Can’t wait!!”

    The 25 year old will be hoping the visa process is sorted quickly to ensure he can get into Pre-Season as early as possible and we will update our supporters as soon as there is progress with this.

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  12. London Broncos Head Coach Danny Ward has cast his net wide this winter in his bid to bolster the squad for 2021 and hooked himself a Sea Eagle in Lebanese International Abbas Miski.

    Miski, who played in the NRL for Manly will join the club in the New Year subject to a visa being granted. Whilst playing for Lebanon the Penrith born speedster has hauled 9 tries in 9 games and is set to add a serious threat to the Broncos attack next season.

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    The player was introduced to Danny by a former club favourite who knew a thing or two about scoring tries himself with 48 tries in his time in London. Ward said “Abbas came highly recommended by our old mate and Manly assistant, Chad Randall. We’ve been looking to strengthen in the outside backs and he will add some quality on the edge. A strong ball carrier and a good finisher, I am sure he will become a favourite with the Broncos faithful.”

    Speaking from his home in Australia Abbas had this message for the Broncos supporters ahead of his move saying “I’m very pleased to have signed with the club, from speaking with coach Danny Ward and seeing the recent signings I know the club is looking to have a successful season and I want to be a part of that. I’m eager to get over and meet my teammates and coaches and get stuck into a good pre season before round one. Can’t wait!!”

    The 25 year old will be hoping the visa process is sorted quickly to ensure he can get into Pre-Season as early as possible and we will update our supporters as soon as there is progress with this.

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  13. The London Broncos have swooped to sign centre Chris Hankinson on a season long loan from the Wigan Warriors.

    As Head Coach Danny Ward accelerates his recruitment ahead of a return to training next month Hankinson becomes the latest player to agree terms for 2021 and adds Super League experience to the clubs edges in our bid to gain promotion from the Championship.

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    Hankinson, who started his career with Leigh before moves to Barrow and Swinton led him to Wigan has played 20 Super League games for the Warriors and scored 3 times in the Cherry and White. Speaking to the player ahead of the announcement he was pleased to be joining the Broncos saying “It’s an exciting opportunity to go and play for the Broncos, it will be the first time I’ve left my home town and experience something new. I’m looking forward to moving down to the Capital, meeting the lads and getting stuck in. It’s going to be a big year for the club and I will do everything I can to help them get back into Super League. ”

    He added “I’d like to thank London for the opportunity, Wigan for allowing me to leave and get some much needed game time and finally a shout for Dave Peet for helping make this happen.”

    London Broncos Head Coach Danny Ward was equally as excited to have ‘Hank’ on board saying “Hank has really come on since his move from the champ to Wigan. He’s a quality centre but can also play anywhere in the backs, giving us plenty of options and competition for places. I’ve heard plenty of good things about him, he’s really keen to come to London and we are looking forward to working with him.”

    As with all loan moves it requires the assistance of the players parent club and Broncos CEO Jason Loubser was quick to thank Wigan for their part in making the loan of Hankinson possible. He said “I want to thank Kris Radlinski at the Wigan Warriors for helping us agree this move which we feel will benefit all parties, giving Chris some important game time and hopefully putting in some great performances for the Broncos.”

     

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  14. The London Broncos have swooped to sign centre Chris Hankinson on a season long loan from the Wigan Warriors.

    As Head Coach Danny Ward accelerates his recruitment ahead of a return to training next month Hankinson becomes the latest player to agree terms for 2021 and adds Super League experience to the clubs edges in our bid to gain promotion from the Championship.

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    Hankinson, who started his career with Leigh before moves to Barrow and Swinton led him to Wigan has played 20 Super League games for the Warriors and scored 3 times in the Cherry and White. Speaking to the player ahead of the announcement he was pleased to be joining the Broncos saying “It’s an exciting opportunity to go and play for the Broncos, it will be the first time I’ve left my home town and experience something new. I’m looking forward to moving down to the Capital, meeting the lads and getting stuck in. It’s going to be a big year for the club and I will do everything I can to help them get back into Super League. ”

    He added “I’d like to thank London for the opportunity, Wigan for allowing me to leave and get some much needed game time and finally a shout for Dave Peet for helping make this happen.”

    London Broncos Head Coach Danny Ward was equally as excited to have ‘Hank’ on board saying “Hank has really come on since his move from the champ to Wigan. He’s a quality centre but can also play anywhere in the backs, giving us plenty of options and competition for places. I’ve heard plenty of good things about him, he’s really keen to come to London and we are looking forward to working with him.”

    As with all loan moves it requires the assistance of the players parent club and Broncos CEO Jason Loubser was quick to thank Wigan for their part in making the loan of Hankinson possible. He said “I want to thank Kris Radlinski at the Wigan Warriors for helping us agree this move which we feel will benefit all parties, giving Chris some important game time and hopefully putting in some great performances for the Broncos.”

     

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  15. I trust that you have all managed to have the best Christmas possible and some of you will have been able to spend some time with family and friends and will hopefully now be getting ready to join me in welcoming in a new year that can only get better for us all.

    2020 has been, without doubt, the most difficult I have had to face at the club as I approach 10 years at the London Broncos. There have been many up’s and down’s throughout my time with the club but to have so many issues to deal with over 9 months has been like nothing else in my tenure and I have enjoyed a couple of days with family to reflect on what has been a very strange year at the club and for all of society.

    We should probably take time to remember that some of our supporters have had major changes to their circumstances, either through their employment or in some cases health and the thoughts of all of us at the club are with these people. The Broncos family looks after their own and to hear of fans struggling makes for difficult reading.

     

    Thanks to our owner, David Hughes, the club continues to be in a strong position moving into 2021 and I have spent the last fortnight, since discovering the outcome of the Super League bid, speaking to clubs, players and agents with the view of putting together a squad capable of challenging for promotion next season. Without confirmation of our league standing, start date and knowing when we can begin pre-season, it has been hard to know exactly which targets to go for and when. We are however now in full swing adding to our squad and announcements will continue to come as we step into the New Year.

    There has been speculation about where we will be playing our Home fixtures in 2021 and I would like to respond to that in the only way I can at this stage. Since Spring, myself and our Commercial Manager, have visited a number of Stadiums and facilities as well as entering negotiations with 2 of them. The reason for this is predominantly down to Super League making it clear that Ealing, in its current guise, would not be accepted as a venue for us to play games at should we be promoted back to Rugby League’s top flight. As a club we knew that with an ambitious owner and coaching team, not to mention our fans, we simply had to find the type of venue that would not only be accepted by Super League but also give us facilities that allowed our ambitious corporate and commercial plans to develop.

    As with all business deals, speculation and rumour do not help negotiating stances, and with the club speaking to other parties we were not in a position to comment on potential moves. At this moment I am still not prepared to say anything other than confirm that we have got to a stage with AFC Wimbledon which has meant that they will consult their fans and take a vote as per their own statement released recently. Out of respect for their club and supporters any comment from us will come after that vote is concluded. What I can say is that this was not a rushed decision based on the Super League bid, it is part of plans for the club to be Super League ready in 2021 should we manage to gain promotion via our on-field performances.

    In addition to the move we will also move to a new training facility and news on this will be given as soon as all of this is confirmed.

     

    I’m aware that our supporters are keen to get information about season tickets and I can assure them that we would very much like to get them on sale too however until the Stadium is confirmed, and our fixtures are also made clear, we have had to hold back on this. I expect it to be mid to late January when we can put these on sale.

    2021 will be a difficult year for many and we expect to face many challenges as a club. Until we are presented with them it is difficult to make conclusive and detailed statements however the Broncos are determined to ensure that the year is successful both on and off the field and our wonderful fans are there to share the journey with us. We cannot dictate the rules regarding attendance but we will be fighting for you to be back in the stands as soon as possible.

    Recently we have announced several new corporate partnerships and I’ve been really impressed by the work going on within our commercial team given the circumstances many businesses find themselves in at the moment. A strong business network around the club will give us a platform to build from in the future and we are heading in the right direction in this sense. The new Broncos Business club is sure to be popular and I’d like to thank all of the sponsors and partners that have stepped forward in recent months to back the Broncos for next year.

    I’d like to end by thanking all of the players who have left the club in 2020 for their time and dedication to the London Broncos, in particular two of them, Kieran Dixon who will always have a place in the heart of many Broncos fans and Rob Butler who I have seen progress through our system and sincerely hope he kicks on to be a success with his new club Warrington.

    Enjoy the last few hours of 2020 and from David, myself and the staff of the London Broncos we wish you a very Happy New Year.

    Jason

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  16. I trust that you have all managed to have the best Christmas possible and some of you will have been able to spend some time with family and friends and will hopefully now be getting ready to join me in welcoming in a new year that can only get better for us all.

    2020 has been, without doubt, the most difficult I have had to face at the club as I approach 10 years at the London Broncos. There have been many up’s and down’s throughout my time with the club but to have so many issues to deal with over 9 months has been like nothing else in my tenure and I have enjoyed a couple of days with family to reflect on what has been a very strange year at the club and for all of society.

    We should probably take time to remember that some of our supporters have had major changes to their circumstances, either through their employment or in some cases health and the thoughts of all of us at the club are with these people. The Broncos family looks after their own and to hear of fans struggling makes for difficult reading.

     

    Thanks to our owner, David Hughes, the club continues to be in a strong position moving into 2021 and I have spent the last fortnight, since discovering the outcome of the Super League bid, speaking to clubs, players and agents with the view of putting together a squad capable of challenging for promotion next season. Without confirmation of our league standing, start date and knowing when we can begin pre-season, it has been hard to know exactly which targets to go for and when. We are however now in full swing adding to our squad and announcements will continue to come as we step into the New Year.

    There has been speculation about where we will be playing our Home fixtures in 2021 and I would like to respond to that in the only way I can at this stage. Since Spring, myself and our Commercial Manager, have visited a number of Stadiums and facilities as well as entering negotiations with 2 of them. The reason for this is predominantly down to Super League making it clear that Ealing, in its current guise, would not be accepted as a venue for us to play games at should we be promoted back to Rugby League’s top flight. As a club we knew that with an ambitious owner and coaching team, not to mention our fans, we simply had to find the type of venue that would not only be accepted by Super League but also give us facilities that allowed our ambitious corporate and commercial plans to develop.

    As with all business deals, speculation and rumour do not help negotiating stances, and with the club speaking to other parties we were not in a position to comment on potential moves. At this moment I am still not prepared to say anything other than confirm that we have got to a stage with AFC Wimbledon which has meant that they will consult their fans and take a vote as per their own statement released recently. Out of respect for their club and supporters any comment from us will come after that vote is concluded. What I can say is that this was not a rushed decision based on the Super League bid, it is part of plans for the club to be Super League ready in 2021 should we manage to gain promotion via our on-field performances.

    In addition to the move we will also move to a new training facility and news on this will be given as soon as all of this is confirmed.

     

    I’m aware that our supporters are keen to get information about season tickets and I can assure them that we would very much like to get them on sale too however until the Stadium is confirmed, and our fixtures are also made clear, we have had to hold back on this. I expect it to be mid to late January when we can put these on sale.

    2021 will be a difficult year for many and we expect to face many challenges as a club. Until we are presented with them it is difficult to make conclusive and detailed statements however the Broncos are determined to ensure that the year is successful both on and off the field and our wonderful fans are there to share the journey with us. We cannot dictate the rules regarding attendance but we will be fighting for you to be back in the stands as soon as possible.

    Recently we have announced several new corporate partnerships and I’ve been really impressed by the work going on within our commercial team given the circumstances many businesses find themselves in at the moment. A strong business network around the club will give us a platform to build from in the future and we are heading in the right direction in this sense. The new Broncos Business club is sure to be popular and I’d like to thank all of the sponsors and partners that have stepped forward in recent months to back the Broncos for next year.

    I’d like to end by thanking all of the players who have left the club in 2020 for their time and dedication to the London Broncos, in particular two of them, Kieran Dixon who will always have a place in the heart of many Broncos fans and Rob Butler who I have seen progress through our system and sincerely hope he kicks on to be a success with his new club Warrington.

    Enjoy the last few hours of 2020 and from David, myself and the staff of the London Broncos we wish you a very Happy New Year.

    Jason

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  17. The London Broncos are delighted to confirm that elite travel company Anderson Travel with continue in 2021 as the clubs Official Travel Partner and sponsor of the clubs First Team, Academy and Scholarship.

    The partnership will see the Anderson Travel logo placed on the kits of all 3 of our teams and the club will continue to receive a first class travel service from Andersons taking our players to all First Team, Academy and Scholarship away games throughout the year.

    As well as offering sports club travel the company offer many other services including services for schools, companies and private leisure groups. The fleet of over 40 vehicles ranges in size from 9 to 59 seats and all vehicles operated are under 4 years of age with many featuring additional facilities such as on board toilets, USB charging points, refrigerators and entertainment systems.

    Andersons are another of the clubs long term partners and the clubs Head of Commercial James Milner was quick to point this out when asked about the deal. He said “It is vital for a club like ours to have a reliable travel partner given the number of Away fixtures we play across our 3 teams. Mark and his staff at Anderson Travel have been superb to this club over the years and has once again financially backed us by sponsoring all three of our squads. It is wonderful to have people like Mark associated with our club, he is always very enthusiastic about what we are trying to do and provides us with a great service.”

    Mark Anderson, owner of Anderson Travel commented; “We are delighted to renew our partnership with the London Broncos. After a very tough year it is nice to be able to start 2021 on a positive note. We are looking forward to the new season and appreciate the many positive steps taken by the Broncos in securing and nurturing Rugby League in the Capital. We hope for success and a return to Super League and will ensure on our part that the teams travel to away fixtures in comfort and style, prepared to win.”

    The Anderson Travel website showcases the company fleet and their wide range of services, you can visit it here – www.andersontravel.co.uk

    Anderson Travel will also be corporate player sponsors again in 2021 and members of our brand new Broncos Business Club. You can get more details about any of our corporate and commercial partnerships by contacting commercial@londonbroncosrl.com

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  18. The London Broncos are delighted to confirm that elite travel company Anderson Travel with continue in 2021 as the clubs Official Travel Partner and sponsor of the clubs First Team, Academy and Scholarship.

    The partnership will see the Anderson Travel logo placed on the kits of all 3 of our teams and the club will continue to receive a first class travel service from Andersons taking our players to all First Team, Academy and Scholarship away games throughout the year.

    As well as offering sports club travel the company offer many other services including services for schools, companies and private leisure groups. The fleet of over 40 vehicles ranges in size from 9 to 59 seats and all vehicles operated are under 4 years of age with many featuring additional facilities such as on board toilets, USB charging points, refrigerators and entertainment systems.

    Andersons are another of the clubs long term partners and the clubs Head of Commercial James Milner was quick to point this out when asked about the deal. He said “It is vital for a club like ours to have a reliable travel partner given the number of Away fixtures we play across our 3 teams. Mark and his staff at Anderson Travel have been superb to this club over the years and has once again financially backed us by sponsoring all three of our squads. It is wonderful to have people like Mark associated with our club, he is always very enthusiastic about what we are trying to do and provides us with a great service.”

    Mark Anderson, owner of Anderson Travel commented; “We are delighted to renew our partnership with the London Broncos. After a very tough year it is nice to be able to start 2021 on a positive note. We are looking forward to the new season and appreciate the many positive steps taken by the Broncos in securing and nurturing Rugby League in the Capital. We hope for success and a return to Super League and will ensure on our part that the teams travel to away fixtures in comfort and style, prepared to win.”

    The Anderson Travel website showcases the company fleet and their wide range of services, you can visit it here – www.andersontravel.co.uk

    Anderson Travel will also be corporate player sponsors again in 2021 and members of our brand new Broncos Business Club. You can get more details about any of our corporate and commercial partnerships by contacting commercial@londonbroncosrl.com

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  19. The London Broncos are delighted to welcome back winger Ed Chamberlain on loan for the 2021 Championship season.

    Chamberlain, who returns to the club after his first spell was cut short due to the 2020 season cancellation, will join up with our first team squad for training next month and adds quality to the Broncos edges having joined on a season long loan from the Salford Red Devils.

    The Ireland International, who has also had spells with Widnes Vikings and Whitehaven, was pleased to be coming back to the Capital and join up with the squad and said “I’m really looking forward to being back at the Broncos. It’s a good bunch of lads which I know are very welcoming. I’m now just looking forward to getting back playing and really looking forward to the new season.”

    Broncos CEO Jason Loubser was quick to praise Salford for their help in securing Chamberlain for 2021 saying “It is great to have Ed with us for next season and I’d like to thank Ian Blease and Salford for making the deal possible and so easy to finalise. I’ve spent much of the last 3 weeks on the phone to players and agents and it is great when a player is as enthusiastic as Ed is to want to pull on the Black, White and Red of the club.”

    Ed Chamberlain is available for sponsorship both as a personal player sponsor and corporate player sponsor and as a player that is bound to be sniffing out tries why not associate your company or name with Ed? Contact commercial@londonbroncosrl.com to discuss sponsorship of this player.

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  20. In what will be their 7th year of involvement with the London Broncos we are pleased to announce that partners Simply Air Conditioning have agreed a significant sponsorship investment which will cover all 3 squads of the Broncos and see their logo across the First Team, Academy and Scholarship jerseys in 2021.

    The company, who as you might expect by the name, specialise in Air Conditioning supply and maintenance including a 24hr call out service across London and the South West with a high number of Commercial and Domestic clients on their books.

    During the 7 years of involvement Simply Air Conditioning have backed almost every aspect of the club, Front of Shirt, Match Sponsors, Ball Sponsors, Training Kit Sponsors and Player Sponsors and it was no surprise when Jonathan Lister of Simply Air Conditioning wanted to extend this into 2021. He said “2020 was a tough year for everyone. That’s why we are really looking forward to seeing the boys back out playing some rugby, and making a big push back to the super league. This will be our 7th season supporting the Broncos and rugby league in London, and something we are very proud of. We wish everyone connected to the club and rugby league in London a very happy, peaceful and safe Christmas and look forward to seeing you in the New Year.”

    James Milner, Head of Commercial at the London Broncos added “Jon is one of the first people I met as a sponsor myself back in 2015 and have enjoyed his company at games since. As a Yorkshireman he, like me, grew up in the heartlands of the sport and is now continuing his love of Rugby League through sponsorship of the London Broncos. I’ve kept in touch with Jon throughout the Summer and Autumn and his first question is always for the welfare of the players and staff in what has been a tough year for everyone. He is so passionate about the Broncos and the wider London Rugby League community so we are genuinely delighted that Simply Air Conditioning will be continuing with us into 2021 with such a generous backing that covers all 3 squads at the club.”

    To find out more about Simply Air Conditioning, their services and contact details please visit their website – https://simplyairconditioninglondon.co.uk/

    Simply Air Conditioning have also become members of the Broncos Business Club for 2021 which will be the only Hospitality package available and an ideal way for Sponsors and Business representatives to network and enjoy some elite sporting action. You can get more details on this by contacting commercial@londonbroncosrl.com

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  21. Global payments specialist AFEX is the latest company to join forces with the London Broncos for 2021.

    The deal will see the AFEX logo on the 2021 First Team Match Kits as part of the partnership which will also be beneficial to many of the Broncos other partners who will be able to access the services of AFEX via the Broncos Business Club.

    AFEX, a leading global provider of international payments and foreign exchange services to 35,000 corporate and private clients across the globe, is deeply involved in the sporting industry in the UK and around the world. Fans of the club may have spotted the AFEX logo on St Helens RLFC Kit.

    Head of Commercial for the London Broncos James Milner said, “Having known about AFEX for a long time through connections in the game of Rugby League, it is great to have finally being able to get AFEX on board with the London Broncos for 2021 and as part of our Business Club. Seeing a company like AFEX joining our partners for next year confirms we are heading in the right direction and they will be a fantastic asset to the club, and for many of our other partners, moving forward. Mike has been a pleasure to deal with and we look forward to working with AFEX for a long time to come.”

    Jon Delaney, UK Sales Director at AFEX said “For AFEX, this new partnership expands our position in sport, particularly during these challenging times.” “We are delighted to become the Foreign Exchange Partner to the London Broncos – and to help them to better manage their currency exposures,”

    Fans will not have to wait much longer to see the First Team Match Kits for 2021 with release planned for January.

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  22. Welsh International Hooker has signed for the London Broncos for 2021.

    Fozzard, who left the club at the end of the 2020 season to join Ottawa will once again link up with his Broncos team mates for pre-season training in January .

    Speaking to the club earlier today Matty was genuinely delighted to be returning to the club he left only a short time ago saying “I am thrilled to have been given this opportunity to sign for London once again.

    I should say a massive thanks to Wardy, Langers, David Hughes and Jason Loubser for giving me the chance to come back and to my agent for getting this deal over the line.

    I cant thank Wardy enough for all of his support behind the scenes, allowing me to rejoin this club, I owe him massively and cannot wait to play for him again this year.

    In such unprecedented times my personal circumstances did change. However I am over the moon to be back and playing in front of the Broncos fans and will give my all for the club in 2021.”

    Club CEO Jason Loubser was equally thrilled to get Fozzard back at the Broncos and said “Matty has been a stand out Professional at the club during his first spell. His opportunity to play overseas did not work out for him but due to the manner in which he conducted himself as a player for this club there were no reservations in having Matty back in London. He is just the type of player we want around the set up at the Broncos and the culture we are aiming to create.”

     

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  23. With the announcement from Super League and the RFL, as well as the distribution of criteria to the clubs, the London Broncos have been able to reflect on the requirements and have been working through the application process to apply for the 12th place in Super League for 2021.

    It has never been the style of the Broncos to speculate or shout from the roof tops. From our owner David Hughes, a private man, and throughout the rest of our club we pride ourselves on being dignified and respectful and saw no benefit in speaking out on speculation regarding what may or may not happen with the withdrawal of Toronto.

    As a club we firmly believe we tick the majority of the boxes required in the criteria and long before this process was speculated on we had already started work on a number of projects in the Spring that will see the club work towards meeting the required standard of Super League in every single aspect, including higher crowds. These developments have taken months to implement and are still a work in progress but we are hopefully close to fruition and we expect to be able to announce these soon. We would love to shout about these things but until signed and delivered we prefer to keep our cards close to our chest.

     

    Our Academy is regarded as one of the biggest expansion success stories in the British game, funded by our owner David Hughes, and for the benefit of the game as a whole for a number of years, producing talent that has gone on to win International Honours, Super League Grand Finals and Challenge Cups. This Academy and Scholarship programme provides a pathway all the way through to Elite level Rugby League. Well before the players are selected for the Scholarship programme they play our game across the South East at the community clubs in the region, these clubs do a brilliant job nurturing the young players. A large number of staff are required to ensure this system works as well as it does and with Rob Powell heading up this department for a number of years the hard work of all of these people is now starting to become apparent.

    On the field our staff are of equal high regard with one of the brightest young coaching groups in the game. Danny Ward is a charismatic Head Coach with a thoughtful and modern approach to the game of Rugby League gaining fans around the sport for his approach to Super League in 2019 that saw us miss out on survival on points difference.. Jamie Langley, Tom Tsang, Mike Eccles and Nick Naylor head up the support of our Head Coach with an energised approach to learning and improvement which has seen us progress our performance side year on year and use innovative methods to get the best out of our players. All of our performance team are fully committed to bringing a number of Academy products into the first team squad each season and we currently run with around 70% home grown players in our first team squad, something many others would struggle to rival.

    Our off-field team is small but highly experienced and the work they are doing in the community and commercially is starting to pay dividends. A structured plan for both community development and commercial aspects of the club is in place and the response has been fantastic. Our award winning community team is set for expansion as part of a wider club progression and we hope to see 2021 bringing a record number of school engagements for the club. Commercially brands are continuing to want to partner with the Broncos, despite the difficult times many are facing, and we have many partnerships ready to reveal for 2021.

     

    We will put forward a strong case for the Broncos to be in SL 2021 and, of course, feel that we are one of the stand out candidates for a place in the sports Premium competition. A strong London side opens doors in the media and commercially that Rugby League needs as a National game. However, should our bid be unsuccessful we are already well underway with preparations for building a squad capable of winning the Championship and an off-field progression that would ensure the club is making huge strides forward. These plans were in place long before Super League became an opportunity and all of our staff have been fully focussed on building the club this summer.

    We’re fully aware of our own fans frustrations with the lack of signings this year so far however, David, Danny and myself have wanted to take a cautious approach to squad building. We have very specific requirements when we look to bring in players, a requirement that ensures the dynamic and tightness of the squad is not disrupted and we are still very active in talking to players for 2021. The general feeling, around the whole game, and not just within the club, is that there will be a lot of activity in early 2021 when clubs can plan for the start of the season and potential travel issues are lifted so we are confident of picking up further quality throughout the winter. What I can assure fans is that we will start 2021 with a squad of players raring to go regardless of which competition we are in.

    I’m also seeing a number of people wanting more from the media team and are critical of communication. At the moment a large number of our staff are furloughed. In fact we have worked the full lockdown with very few people undertaking all duties at the club so being able to please everybody has been difficult. Our intention has been to keep people informed when there is something to say but often there is very little we are able to update. It has been a frustrating time, we understand that, and hopefully we are now on our way out of this tough period. Our supportive fan group will hopefully soon see a return to some normality.

     

    Hopefully there is some light at the end of the tunnel and that we will be able to welcome supporters back into the ground when the 2021 season kicks off.

    Jason Loubser

    CEO

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  24. London Broncos prop Rob Butler has joined the Warrington Wolves after his contract ended last month.

    Butler, a former Medway Dragon, and another product of the Broncos Academy led by Rob Powell, will join former Broncos coach Andrew Henderson at Warrington for 2021 where he will also link up with former team mate Matty Davis.

    As well as his appearances for the Broncos Butler also gained England Knights honours and he will be missed at the club according to CEO Jason Loubser.

    Loubser said “Rob is a great bloke, a true professional, and it is no surprise that some of the top teams came looking at him. This is yet another example of our highly successful Academy programme developing top players and this is down the hard work and dedication of the community clubs in the South East and our Academy staff.”

    All of us at the London Broncos want to wish Rob well for the future.

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  25. Prop forward Greg Richards has extended his stay at the London Broncos by putting pen to paper on a new contract at the club.

    The former St Helens and Leigh player joined the club in 2019 and was a key part of the Super League Campaign that year including playing his part in the memorable wins over Wigan and his former club St Helens at Ealing Trailfinders.

    Richards, originally from Urswick in Cumbria, is rated very highly by the clubs Coaching staff and Head Coach Danny Ward was thrilled to have secured another of his key forwards for 2021 saying “We are really pleased to have secured Greg for another season at the Broncos. A good bloke who has fitted in fantastically since his move down here and is coming into his prime years now. He’s grand final winner who brings plenty of super league experience and quality.”

    There will be news of further signings later this week as well as an update from the club.

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