London Broncos academy and scholarship graduate, Sadiq Adebiyi, has signed a two year deal to join the first team from 2017.
Current captain of the academy side, Adebiyi also had a stint with the first team in 2015, debuting on August 23 against Hunslet Hawks, and subsequently making four appearances and scoring two tries, before returning to full time studies this year.
The 19 year old prop forward has lived in east London since the tender age of 13, and despite an already busy season with the under 19s in 2016, has also managed to play a game each for Hemel Stags, and Oxford.
Understandably excited at what 2017 holds, Sid – as he’s known to his teammates – is focused on a strong end to the year with the academy.
“I’m thrilled to be joining the first team as of next year – obviously, that’s the dream when you’ve come through both the scholarship and academy teams. That’s the end goal.
“Representing London is something I’m incredibly proud of, and I certainly don’t take it for granted.
“It has taken a lot of hard work to get here, but I’ve enjoyed it every step of the way. I can’t wait to pull on the jersey and join the boys in pre-season, but I’m also looking forward to seeing out the remainder of 2016 with a great bunch of academy lads.
“I’m pretty happy right now.”
First team head coach, Andrew Henderson, commented on the importance of bringing London players through the scholarship and the academy and into the first team.
“It’s fantastic that Sid will remain with us for the next two years. He’s a London player through and through – he has been with us since he was 15 – and that’s something you can’t put a value on.
“I know Langers [academy head coach, Jamie Langley] has been very impressed with his leadership and the performances he has put in this year both in the academy and when he has spent time on dual reg in League One. He’s a reliable and very capable player and Sid demonstrated this last season when he was rewarded with his first team debut.
“It shows the success of the youth programs the club runs, and that there really is a pathway for young rugby league players in London. Sid should be incredibly proud of himself and his achievements thus far. We are looking forward to seeing him develop further in the first team environment and excited to see what he can do in 2017.”
Head of Youth, Rob Powell, echoed his sentiments. “It’s great to see Sid get a contract. It’s a testament to his hard work over the years.
“It provides inspiration for the players within the academy and will be pleasing for everybody who has impacted on Sid’s development to this point.”