09 Oct 14
By Media Team
Posted in Team News

GRIMA SIGNS CONTRACT EXTENSION

Grima joined the club in February this year as assistant coach and went on to replace Tony Rea as head coach in May. His original contract was due to end at the conclusion of the 2014 season.

He played and coached at Parramatta Eels in the NRL and was assistant to Ricky Stuart at Cronulla Sharks for three seasons. He was most recently assistant coach at St George-Illawarra Dragons and also coached New South Wales Origin 18s in 2009 and 2010 and the Australian Junior Kangaroos in 2013 and 2014.

Grima has been busy building a squad to compete in the Kingstone Press Championship in 2015 and is close to completing his squad ahead of pre-season training which begins on November 3rd. Among the squad for next season are Richie Mathers, Daniel Harrison and Wes Naiqama along with a host of home grown players including Joe Keyes, Toby Everett and Oscar Thomas.

General manager Jason Loubser said:

“We are delighted to secure Joey as head coach for a further two years. The work that Joey has put in since his arrival back in February has been exceptional. As a club we are in a great position with our planning for next season both with the squad that has been assembled and also with other behind the scenes work at the club.”

Joey Grima is pleased with the opportunity to coach the Broncos and the fact he’s able to call London home for the next two seasons:

“I’m absolutely delighted that David Hughes has given me this opportunity. My wife and I are extremely happy at how the fans, the club and the rugby league community have embraced us. Living in London, one of the best cities in the world, has created an enormous opportunity for my family. I’m so happy that the UK will be my adopted country for the next two years. I’ve had to make some difficult decisions, particularly with the player roster moving forward, and I felt that I needed to create the right winning culture. I’m delighted with the squad we have and the great cross section of youth, enthusiasm, experience and maturity. Not only am I taking on this role to build a successful rugby league firsts programme but also so we have a successful youth and scholarship programme.”