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With around a month to the start of Pre-Season Jermaine Coleman knows he has lots to do ahead of the first session back at Rosslyn Park but is confident that by the time that night comes around he will have a squad he is happy with ready to start the process of preparing for the Betfred Championship which is expected to start in late January.
Coleman wants the players to hit the ground running and warned his players this will be a tough pre-season as he looks to finalise his plans and be ready for a season in which the club will play its first season at Plough Lane.
“I know that the owner and management were very disappointed with 2021 but we need to draw a line in the sand now and start again. My job is to get the Club back on track and to do that we need to have a group of players that are here for the right reasons, a group of players that want to work hard to make the Broncos successful on and off the pitch by sticking to the high standards we will set during the next couple of months.”
“However hard work will only get you so far, we need to look at many other areas and ways to ensure our players are given the support they need to improve as players and as individuals. For some players this is the first year they have had to have a job whilst playing Rugby so we are prepared for the challenges they may face and will support them. Our staff have already begun trying to ensure there are job options for the new players coming in and most of the lads I have retained are already working and enjoying their new careers.”
“Moving to London will be some of the best years of a players career, it is an exciting City with so much to offer.”
With RFL funding expected to be cut for all clubs outside of Super League in 2022 developing our own players is now high on the list of priorities and Coleman has spent a lot of time looking at ways to ensure our Academy prospects are able to develop into First Team players without having to make the jump from Academy Rugby to Championship Rugby League with the First Team.
He said “Only a very few players could make the step from Academy to First Team without playing somewhere else in-between. It is a big jump. This year we will likely have the Reserve Competition and I know the Club have been in dialogue with the Skolars for some time about making the links stronger there so I hope that we can start to see more Academy players get opportunities to play in a more Senior Competition without having to throw them straight into the First Team games. This should help their development and also help us to retain more of them in the future as they will have options after the Academy.”
“We are trying hard to get some Pre-Season games confirmed and then announced which will also potentially give some of the young players a chance to show me what they can do.”
As the Club makes the move to Plough Lane in 2022 Jermaine was also delighted by the prospect of playing in such a venue and the publicity and excitement it brings.
He added “I have not yet been to Plough Lane however I’ve seen the pictures and been told all about it and it is really exciting to be the first Broncos Head Coach to lead a side out there. It is going to be such an important period for the club and I hope our fans get behind the team in numbers and show the wider Rugby League public that London is serious about being at the top table in the future.”
“I know staff at the Club have met with the AFC Wimbledon Manager Mark Robinson and were enthused by his outside the box thinking and I feel that as a Club we can learn so much from him and the Wimbledon Club in general. He was apparently blown away by the speed, impact and intensity of Rugby League when he came to watch us recently so we hope that the AFC Wimbledon supporters will try the sport and feel the same way.”
“Off the pitch the club is working so hard to get the move right and I will do everything I can to ensure the product on the field is exciting and successful.”
Supporters will not have long to wait as the Club hope to start announcing Player signings this week and a Q and A event with Head Coach Jermaine Coleman, Players and Staff is being planned for Season Pass Holders in December.
We hope to have Season Passes on sale within a few weeks and full details will be sent to current Pass Holders to give them the first opportunity to purchase their seat at Plough Lane followed by General release.