13 May 16
By Media Team
Posted in Team News

Hellewell and Garside extend contracts

Further bolstering squad ranks for 2017, Ben Hellewell and Matt Garside have both signed one year contract extensions.

Hellewell joined the Broncos from Featherstone Rovers at the beginning of the 2015 season, and the 24 year old Scotland international has previously spent time with Bradford and Warrington.

The Centre has also made 12 appearances for Scotland, including in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, where he scored two tries in the 30-30 draw against Italy.

Impressing in his first season at the Broncos, Hellewell played 33 games, scoring a total of 20 tries, and is looking for a repeat performance in 2016 – scoring seven tries out of 12 appearances.

“I’m really happy to be staying on with the club for another year, I’ve loved my time here so far,” commented Hellewell.

“It’s a great bunch of lads. We all share the same goals and every single player is working hard to achieve them.

“I’m also really enjoying playing my part in growing rugby league in the south, and can’t wait to see what the rest of this season brings.”

Hellewell is joined by fellow Yorkshireman, Matt Garside, who signed with the club in 2015 from Sheffield Eagles, where he spent some time with then assistant coach, Andrew Henderson.

Having previously played with York, the 25 year old back rower was a key member of the Eagles squad to win the Championship final in 2013, defeating Batley 19-12.

Similarly impressing in his opening two seasons with London, Garside scored eight tries from a total of 32 appearances in 2015, and is sitting on a comfortable total of 5 tries from 12 this season.

“I joined the Broncos in 2015 because it was a fantastic opportunity to play for a full time team, and it has been nothing short of that,” said Garside.

“It’s a great club, it’s a great bunch of boys, and I’m really happy to be staying on. I’m really enjoying it.

“Obviously we’re doing well this season, but we’ve worked really hard for it. I’m looking forward to seeing where that takes us.”

Pleased with an additional two re-signings for his 2017 squad (following on from Cunningham and Ackers), head coach, Andrew Henderson says he feels very positive about the shape his team is taking.

“Obviously we’re thrilled to be keeping Gars and Benny on for next season.

“Both have been hugely instrumental in our 2015 and 2016 seasons, and played pivotal roles in helping the squad to achieve the position we’re in now.

“They’re both solid, reliable players who have delivered and improved immensely in their time here. They are playing their part in developing the culture we’re trying to establish at the club.

“Both of the boys have worked incredibly hard to get where they are now, and deserve every success that comes their way.”