Club Captain Will Lovell has said the Broncos squad is using the break in fixtures to focus on bouncing back from last weekend’s Betfred Championship reverse against Halifax Panthers.

The Broncos have two weeks until the squad hosts Oldham RLFC, giving Head Coach Danny Ward and skipper Lovell time to prepare. It is an ideal time for the squad, which has several new signings, to work together and build.

“It’s going to take time for players to gel and get back to old ways,” said Lovell. “We have a number of new players in the squad too and were without Cory Aston and Jarrod Sammut through injury.

“But we can’t make excuses. As a unit, we must develop and learn from the Halifax defeat.

“We made too many errors and gifted cheap penalties away, the game got on top of us. We’ve looked and are addressing those issues in training and are looking forward to resuming our campaign.”

Lovell is looking to recapture Broncos’ pre-pandemic form when victories over Whitehaven RLFC, Widnes Vikings and York City Knights lifted us to fourth in the table before the season was suspended.

“This is a great time for us to get some bodies back on the field and training in the legs too,” he added. “It’s vital we attack games head on this season. The Championship is a competitive division, and no points can be taken for granted as demonstrated by last week’s defeat to Halifax.”

Ahead of Oldham’s visit, Lovell visited AFC Wimbledon’s new stadium based at Plough Lane recently with CEO Jason Loubser and Head of Commercial James Milner to see for himself the impressive facility.

The state-of-the-art 9,300 capacity stadium could become our new home later in the year, subject to planning permission. It would provide the club with first-class facilities and help broaden our reach and appeal to more people in London.

Lovell said: “It’s a fantastic facility and the move is a vision that is welcomed by everyone in the squad and the coaching staff. 

“The facilities are second-to-none, playing at AFC Wimbledon is where we want to be as a club. It is a lovely stadium that fits our criteria.

“We know Broncos’ fans will be faithful and turn out in good numbers if we do move. But we also want to tap into Wimbledon and the surrounding areas and put rugby league on the map in that area so we hope the Council Planning approval is successful.”