London Broncos Head Coach Jermaine Coleman is relishing the prospect of leading the club in its new era at Plough Lane this year and wants to inspire a new generation of supporters.
Coleman was appointed to his new role in September and has since refreshed the Broncos’ first-team squad ahead of our opening Betfred Championship fixture at home to Widnes Vikings on January 30 (3pm).
The former London Skolars coach revealed team cohesion has developed positively through pre-season ahead of our curtain raiser at the Cherry Red Records Stadium and that progress on the pitch has been equally strong.
“The bulk of our squad is new, so we believed it was important to get everyone together quickly to develop good working relationships so our exciting new era could start positively,” said Coleman.
“It’s important to understand everyone’s strengths and weaknesses. We want to build friendships more than anything too. Trusting those you play with is a huge part of team sport and being successful.
“This is a big season for London Broncos. We want to build the right foundations so we’re well placed to progress and establish a clear identity at our new home. Rugby League is a great sport and we want it to impact the lives of as many people possible in London.
“We’re under no illusions, though. The team needs to be successful on the pitch to make that happen. Positive results will get people through the turnstiles and help fulfil our goals.
“There’s pressure to perform, but we’re relishing the challenge ahead of us. We can’t wait to get going.”
The Broncos’ pre-season has been buoyed by the club’s exciting move to Wimbledon, where we will groundshare with League One football club AFC Wimbledon at the 9,000 capacity Cherry Red Records Stadium.
Coleman wants our move to facilitate a new generation of Rugby League fans and players in the city.
He added: “It’s a great stadium, we’re very privileged to be there. It’s the right place to call home and sharing with AFC Wimbledon is brilliant for the club.
“We don’t simply want to be tenants. We want both clubs working together for the benefit of each other. A significant focus of the club is to continue our reputation of developing quality young players.
“We want our first-team to feature as many London-based junior players possible in the long-term. It’s a significant goal for us to achieve.”
Coleman also stated he feels “blessed” to work with such an experienced team of dedicated backroom staff who will support him in his first season as Head Coach at Championship level.
He added: “We’re so blessed as a club to have a fantastic team of backroom staff in place. Their commitment and dedication to the Broncos badge is admirable and we’ll use that as motivation to deliver positive results.
“Pre-season hasn’t been without its disruptions. There have been a small number of minor injuries and players isolating with COVID-19. But we’ve consistently been training with at least 22 players so there are no excuses.
“We’re excited to get going now and welcoming our supporters to Wimbledon. Bring on the new era.”
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