London Broncos have confirmed the Adrian Purtell on a two-year contract: as revealed in League Express this week.
The 31-year-old former NRL centre has previously enjoyed stints with Canberra Raiders and Penrith Panthers, and, currently playing for Bradford Bulls, will take up a dual role with the Broncos – he will also be involved in supporting and assisting Jamie Langley with the academy squad.
After making the move across the pond from the Penrith Panthers, Purtell joined the Bulls in 2012, and at the end of last year, was named as 2016 club captain.
“I’m really looking forward to the move to London for 2017,” commented Purcell. “They’ve had a particularly strong 2016 season – they finished second in the Championship and competed well against Leeds on the weekend, and you can really tell that it’s a close knit team.
“I’ve had a fantastic five seasons at the Bulls, and can’t thank everyone enough for my time there, but I’m looking forward to a new challenge.
“Combined with the chance to assist Jamie Langley in coaching the academy, it was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down.”
Head coach Andrew Henderson feels it is important to get the balance of your squad right; with an element of experience, players in their peak, and youth.
“Adrian brings a wealth of experience both on and off the field, and given we’ve got a relatively young squad, definitely helps us in that regard. I feel he is a strong acquisition to our team,” he said.
“After speaking with him I know he will be a good fit for us. He is a genuine competitor, who, I still believe at 31, has a lot to offer as a player next season.
“He will also be a huge benefit in developing some of our younger players at the club. He has worked under some quality coaches and been in some good systems throughout his career.
“Purts is genuinely excited about joining us and buys into the culture and attitude we have developed here at London.
“We’re all looking forward to his addition to our squad over the next two years.”