New London Broncos head coach Joe Grima believes the club are more than capable of beating the drop in the Super League, as he gets ready to take charge of the club for the first time against Huddersfield this weekend.
11 straight defeats at the beginning of the season led to the departure of Tony Rea earlier this week, but Grima used the footballing comparison of English Premier League side Sunderland to prove that his side can defy the odds.
“I think every team outside the top eight has got a battle on its hands,” Grima said. “Four weeks ago people were talking about Sunderland being relegated but now look at them.
“If we happen to win a few games, particularly in the next two to three weeks, it could sling-shot us into staying in Super League.”
“It was a bit of a shock to get a call from David,” said Grima, who joined the club in February. “The idea was that me and Tony would coach together for the remainder of the year and that he would then take a step back.
“So the way it’s panned out is certainly different to what I expected but I’m happy that the opportunity has come about. It’s something I’ve always dreamed about, coaching a first team in the NRL or Super League.”