London Broncos Rugby League is pleased to announce the signing of 27 year old French hooker, John Boudebza, for the remainder of the season.
Boudebza signed for Elite 1 French side, Lezignan, on leaving Hull KR at the end of 2016 when the club were relegated to the Championship, and now joins the Broncos until the end of the current 2017 season.
With 27 appearances spanning two seasons with the Robins – including playing a part in their run to the Challenge Cup final in 2016 – he has also played alongside current Broncos player, William Barthau, in the French international side.
The decision to move to London was an easy one to make, says Boudebza.
“It was a great opportunity for me,” he said “London is a great club, with great players and staff.
“They want to be in Super League, and I wanted to be a part of that challenge.
“The Championship is a tough competition, but I think Hull KR and London are ready for the step up. I think London could make it back to the highest level, and I want to be a part of that going in to the Middle 8s, and after that – who knows.
“I hope I can bring some more Super League experience to the squad, and help the team achieve our goal. My ambitions here are to play as soon as I can, and as well as I can. Hopefully I can bring some excitement and energy at this point in the season.”
London boss, Andrew Henderson, felt that he needed some additional cover after losing James Cunningham and Will Barthau to injury, as well as some additional Super League experience heading into the Qualifiers.
“John’s an established player, and he’ll bring some value to the team – he’s a French international and he’s spent a couple of seasons in Super League recently, so he knows that level of football.
“He’s an exciting talent – he’ll give you some zip around the dummy half area, and he’s a threat in attack. Defensively, he can handle himself in the middle as well.
“He’s a welcome and quality addition, and I think he’ll help take this group forward.”