London Broncos academy programme continues its production line of emerging talent, with under 19 trio, Daniel Hindmarsh, Jacob Ogden and Rob Butler all stepping up to join the first team in 2018.
18 year old Daniel Hindmarsh, a second rower, joined the Broncos scholarship programme in 2015 from London Skolars, and after progressing through to the academy, has now signed a two year deal with the first team.
Hailing from north London, the talented youngster said it is not an opportunity he will take for granted.
“I’m really looking forward to it – it’s a good opportunity with good development for me as a player.
“It feels good. It’s good to know that people are thinking I’m playing well, and that I deserve this opportunity. I’m going to take it with both hands and show them they made the right decision.
“Pulling on a first team shirt will mean a lot. I haven’t been playing rugby league for long, but as soon as I started I fell in love with it. This is definitely for me.”
Head of Youth, Rob Powell, commented: “Daniel has developed at an extremely quick rate. He was raw when he came into the scholarship – having only been playing rugby league for London Skolars for a year – and has continued to get better and better over the last three years in our programme.
“He is an explosive athlete but it’s his drive and determination which have led to him getting a first team contract as an 18 year old, which is testament to him.”
Rob Butler, 19, is in his third year with the Broncos. The front rower began his rugby career with Medway Dragons, before joining London’s academy programme in 2015, and said he’s thrilled to be joining the first team on a one year deal.
“I’m really excited to be joining the first team next year. It’s an opportunity I have worked long and hard for at a club I’m proud to represent, and to have it pay off, is a brilliant feeling.
“It’s even better to be doing it with two of my mates – I know all of three of us are really looking forward to pre-season in November and ripping in with the boys.”
“I’m pleased for Rob,” Powell added of Butler’s signing.
“He didn’t go through the scholarship programme, and has had to work really hard to get to this level. Having come through the community ranks at Medway Dragons, he was identified as a 16 year old already playing men’s rugby.
“He has a great attitude and work ethic, which is reflected in his game, and I look forward to seeing him develop.”
19 year old Jacob Ogden, a centre, has only been in the Broncos programme for 18 months. Starting out with Midlands Regional Academy, Ogden, who currently works in the Community Broncos department, joins the first team in 2018 also on a one year contract.
“Jacob settled well into our academy, having come down from the Midlands programme, and has worked really hard for this – initially travelling a long distance for training on a regular basis,” said Powell.
“His focus has been key in him obtaining this first team contract following a good year in the under 19s – proving to be a really strong ball carrier and developing in all aspects of the game.”
Ogden shared his teammates’ enthusiasm, saying he was looking forward to sharing the experience with his mates.
“I can’t wait for pre-season in November. I started half way through 2016 in second year academy, and played some good games and impressed the coaches.
“It definitely makes it easier coming up with Hindy and Rob – you’ve got someone there going through the same thing as you.
“It’s not just you feeling all the emotions – there are two other guys with you as well.
“I’d really to thank all my coaches, my assistant coaches, the club and my teammates. Hopefully I can bring good rugby and put a smile on people’s faces.”
Academy head coach Jamie Langley, was happy to see the efforts of the boys rewarded: “I am very pleased for the three boys. They have each shown the right commitment, purpose and intensity needed to make the step up to the first team.
“They still have a long way to go on the journey that they are on, but if they keep working as hard as they have, who knows where it might take them.”
First team head coach, Andrew Henderson, echoed Langley’s sentiments.
“It’s fantastic to be bringing up three more quality academy players to our first team squad.
“It’s a testament to all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes of identifying and developing these players, and indeed the incredibly hard work the players themselves put in to achieve their goals.
“All three young lads represent what this club stands for, and I’m really looking forward to watching how they further develop with the Broncos.”