22 May 17
By Media Team
Posted in Team News

Henderson: a top four finish is a must

Head Coach Andrew Henderson was full of praise for his London Broncos team following the 12-56 thrashing of Bradford Bulls at Odsal on Sunday afternoon.

“I’m pleased with that result,” Henderson said. “We put ourselves under a bit of pressure in the first five or six minutes and conceded the early try but from that point on we got into our groove, and with the ball we showed some real attacking prowess.

“I thought we deserved to be 6-34 up going in at halftime, but then let it slip a little at the start of the second half. We fell into the silly trap of thinking we were going to score on every play and that caused us to get a little disjointed.

“To come away from home, though, and to score 56 points is no mean feat – overall I am really proud of the players. That’s now five from five going into the Summer Bash weekend.

“We were nowhere near where we should have been at the start of this season, but the squad has turned a corner since the Easter period. I was still eight players short for this game, but the players that have come in have showed the strength in depth that we now possess.

“Bradford had been talking this game up a fair bit in the run up in the press and on social media, so I will admit I expected a little bit more from them today. They are a young side and seem to have to put out a different side each week and that cant be easy.”

When asked what had brought about the change in fortune since suffering a tough loss at the hands of Toronto Wolfpack in the Challenge Cup, Henderson said: “I just had to make some changes to the team.

“I felt at the time that the team and certain individuals just weren’t playing well enough. I turned to some of the younger squad members and the guys I had been working with over the last eighteen to twenty four months who knew and understood how we played, what we were about and what we stand for, as we were lacking that resilience and steel that we were known for last season.

“A top four finish is a must! It’s a must if we are to reach Super League, and it’s a must if we are to continue as a full time operation. I think its the same for a few of those clubs at the top, and I’ll be honest – we all need the money from Sky.

Henderson revealed that there was still room within the salary cap at the club: “We are nowhere near the salary cap at the moment. We work to the budget we have, but hopefully that can improve as the team improves.

“With that comes increased revenues on the commercial side of things and at the turnstiles. The more we keep doing things right on the field. the more it improves off it. It also helps that we have a stable home now as the team has been relatively nomadic over the years, but we want to bed down in Ealing and make a home within the community here.

“We are very proud of the fact that there are London grown players in Super League and the NRL and that’s credit to those who came before me. A third of our players are London based, and you can see the level of young players like Alex Walker strutting their stuff out there.

“We are doing a lot of good work that doesn’t get the recognition it deserves as we are producing players not only for Championship level but those who could also make the grade in the top leagues too, and I feel we are helping the British game in general.”