London Broncos are delighted to announce the signing of two London Academy players for the 2020 and 2021 seasons.
Rian Horsman and Oli Leyland have signed first team contracts for the next two years. Whilst this is not for this season, as they are already on part time contracts, they will still technically be Under 19s when the first year of this full time professional contract kicks in.
Both players have impressed in the Academy programme and Danny Ward was eager to get them both to put pen to paper.
“Rian and Oli are two exciting young half backs”, he told us.
“We are pleased that they have committed to signing for two more seasons. They are good kids who have worked hard and impressed in their 1st year. They will be promoted to the 1st team squad next year and we are looking forward to working with them and we believe the early exposure to the 1st team full time environment will only help with their future development”.
Rian Horsman, originally from the Brentwood Eels club said, “This opportunity is a dream come true. I’ve supported the club from a very young age so being able to say that I am a part of the first team is a real honour. I would like to thank my Dad for coaching me from the age of eight at Brentwood and also my Mum. She gave me all the support in the world and for that I will always be truly thankful. I would also like to thank all the staff at Broncos for their advice and guidance and I look forward now to the challenge ahead.”
Oli Leyland started at Medway Dragons and told us,” Its an absolute honour to have signed for the Broncos first team. London is where I am from and where I want to repay the clubs faith in me. I want to thank my parents as without them I would not have been able to make the journey that I have. I also have to say a big thanks to Academy Head Coach, Huw Goodwin, who has helped me develop over three years as a player on the pitch and a person off it and to Rob Faux who got me started in Rugby League.”
Rob Powell, Head of Youth Development at Broncos told us, “‘This is great news. On one hand I am really pleased for the boys having both played community rugby league for so long and progressed through our ranks. They have worked hard along the way and have had great support from their families. On the other hand it’s fantastic that the club continues to show faith in the junior players offering first team contracts so early for the boys especially given the promotion to Super League. They have a long way to go but I look forward to seeing them in their development and transition to first team squad members.”
Chairman David Hughes said, “I yet again find myself congratulating young London Talent. I have been watching these two lads in their Academy games and am delighted that we have managed to secure them for the 2020 season to the first team. Our Academy here never ceases to amaze me with the level of players coming through here in the south of the country.”