Alex Mammone has signed a three month contract with London Broncos Rugby League.
The 24 year old Australian’s career started with St George Illawarra under 20s, and he later signed with Manly Sea Eagles under 20s (coincidentally, at the same time as Daniel Harrison’s Sea Eagles days), before undertaking a university degree in physical education resulted in his playing part time with Asquith Magpies.
The prop was also a member of the Australian Institute of Sport under 18s squad to tour the UK in 2008, and he holds, or is eligible for, British, Australian and Italian passports.
“I’m thrilled to have been offered this opportunity with the Broncos – I’ve been training with the boys since pre-season started last week, and they’ve really welcomed me with open arms,” commented Mammone.
“It’s a fantastic environment, and I’ve really enjoyed it so far. It’s been pretty hard work, but that comes naturally with pre-season.
“I met my girlfriend [who lives in Surrey] while she was travelling Australia, so this works perfectly for us. Hopefully it can turn into a more permanent stay.”
Broncos head coach, Andrew Henderson, said – as with Matt Gee’s recent signing – he takes great pleasure in giving an opportunity to players who have thus far gone under the radar.
“Alex was brought to my attention by Ben Fisher, who was previously a player and assistant coach here at the Broncos – he also was a former Scotland teammate of mine – so he tipped me off about him originally.
“I also spoke to a few other contacts in Australia who had seen Alex play, and they all spoke fairly well of him.
“It’s a contract similar to Will Lovell’s – at the end of the day, I don’t know enough about the bloke to warrant a 12 month deal. He comes on a good recommendation, so we’re giving him the opportunity to impress over these three months with a view to extend if we see him fitting into our squad moving forward.
“He’s a good size – 6’4 and 112kg front row forward, so he’s already got something different there compared to what we’ve had previously.
“He’s trained a week and a half, and he’s adapting to full time rugby. He came through some good systems as a kid, and he’s got some good grounding as a youngster, and now this is his opportunity to try and kick on.”
One more signing, to be announced by the club shortly, will complete Andrew Henderson’s 2017 squad.