Twenty months ago, Tom Tsang made the decision to leave his part-time roles as head coach of Coventry Bears and development officer for the Eton Fives Association.
He accepted Danny Ward’s offer to join his coaching team at London Broncos on a full-time basis. One cancelled season and a global pandemic later, Tsang is now relishing the prospect of being the Broncos’ Assistant Coach until the end of the season.
Persistent injury led Tsang to prematurely retire from playing aged 25. He turned to coaching and the Huddersfield Giants Academy graduate, worked with Birmingham and Loughborough universities, England University RL and Coventry Bears before joining the Broncos.
Tsang is combining his new challenge with the first team with his role as Academy head coach for the remainder of the season.
The Broncos’ Assistant Coach said he will do everything possible to help the club realise its ambition to win promotion back in the Super League.
“I’ve worked really hard to get to this point,” said Tsang. “And I’ll be working my socks off to get the club back into the Super League, that’s our collective ambition.
“Working with Danny (Ward) and the first-team players really appealed to me when I first joined the club towards the end of 2019. Even during the pandemic, my passion to achieve with this club never dwindled.
“Accepting the Assistant Coach role was an easy decision for me. I have enjoyed my time with the club and we’re now starting to make progress towards returning to normality by welcoming crowds to games.
“It feels like momentum is building, we need to fully grasp that opportunity in the coming weeks and months.”
Tsang’s promotion follows Jamie Langley’s departure to Sale. Langley served as the Broncos’ assistant coach for five full seasons. The highlight of his stay in the capital occurred a year before Tsang’s arrival when the club won promotion to the Super League in October 2018.
Fittingly, Langley’s final game on the touchline for the Broncos ended in victory as Dewsbury Rams were beaten 30-10 at the Trailfinders Sports Club. Tsang described his predecessor as an outstanding coach who always had a positive impact on whoever he worked with.
“It didn’t matter if you spoke to Jamie for 10 minutes or 10 hours, he always had a positive influence on your day,” said Tsang. “Sunday was a great send-off and we were thrilled to record a positive result.
“Danny and a few players said a few words in the changing room afterwards and the fans were very thankful of Jamie and his service to the club. He has a great personality which is stamped across everything we do in the coaching department.
“Personally, I have learnt a huge amount from him. It is now my challenge to pick up from the brilliant work Jamie did and help the club fulfil its goal of regaining its spot in the Super League.”
Away from the pitch, Tsang leads an active lifestyle. When he isn’t travelling from the midlands to assist with training, the Broncos assistant coach is likely to be found walking his dogs, working out, or spending time in the kitchen.
“It’s a busy life and a lot of travelling,” said Tsang. “But it’s what we love and when everyone has a collective ambition to achieve something it makes the long days much easier.
“I’m a big foodie, so at home I’m usually either cooking something or eating something! Otherwise fitness is a big part of my life and walking my dogs, just being outside in general is what works for me.”