London Broncos coach Andrew Henderson has revealed how club owner David Hughes is taking on a much more hands-on role with the club following his retirement.
In an interview with Rugby League World magazine, Henderson says that Hughes’ input this year has increased significantly, and has been invaluable to both him and Broncos chief executive Jason Loubser.
Henderson told RLW: “David has recently retired, which has allowed him to have more of an input and influence.
“This has been a massive asset for this club, that he’s more readily available and around to contribute to what’s going on.
“David Hughes has contributed so much to the survival of Rugby League in London, and hopefully what we’re doing now is putting a plan in place so that he can put less money in each year.
“It’s obvious at the moment that the club needs David to tick over, and he’s been so committed to the Broncos over a number of years.
“He’s the backbone of the club, and it’s because of him that we’re seeing so many kids from London now playing Rugby League at a fantastic level.
“We can’t complain about his input into the club, and now that he’s retired he can have an even bigger influence.
“Just sitting down with me and Jason is a massive help for the day-to-day running of the club.
“Before he never really had that luxury due to his work, and his commitment was probably limited to turning up on matchday. But now he can be a massive asset.”
* The full, in-depth interview with Henderson on the Broncos’ revival this season can be read in the new edition of Rugby League World, out this Friday, April 22