21 Sep 16
By Media Team
Posted in Team News

Kam Pearce-Paul signs first team deal for 2017

London Broncos Rugby League is delighted to confirm that Kameron Pearce-Paul has signed a one year deal with the first team for 2017.

19 year old Pearce-Paul has played with the Broncos for five years – coming up through the Broncos scholarship and academy systems – before making his first team debut in spectacular fashion during the club’s 19-16 victory over Salford last weekend.

Representing London is somewhat of a family affair for the talented youngster – his younger brother, Kai Pearce-Paul currently plays in the scholarship side.

Whilst playing with the academy in 2016, the young centre has also represented Hemel Stags in League One, and has four caps for England Rugby League Youth under his belt.

“Signing with the Broncos first team is a dream come true for me. I’ve been with the club for five years, my little brother plays here, and it means representing my home town, which is something I’m incredibly proud of,” said Pearce-Paul.

“I’ve worked very hard for this moment, and I’m thrilled that it’s finally here.

“Making my debut against Salford last weekend was a day I’ll never forget – that one will stay with me forever.

“It was a Sky game, and we beat a Super League side – what more could you ask for in your first game?

“All the boys have been fantastic and so welcoming. I can’t wait for what 2017 will bring.”

Head coach, Andrew Henderson, said he is always pleased to be able to reward young players who have worked hard through the club’s youth systems.

“Kam has been playing with the club for five years – starting off spending two years in our scholarship programme, before progressing into the Academy for a further three seasons, where he’s been developing as a player.

“Kam spent a few games on dual registration with Hemel in League One this season to challenge him and continue his development.

“He gained some valuable experience, which he took back to his academy programme. We were happy with his progress and invited him to train with the first team during the Super 8s to introduce him to the first team environment.

“I don’t think he thought in his wildest dreams he would have been playing, so it was great to give him his first opportunity. The reality is, he has earned that chance through commitment, hard work and dedication. I’m pleased to reward Kameron with a first team opportunity next season.

On Pearce-Paul’s debut, Henderson said: “To play your first ever first team game in the Qualifiers, against a Super League side, on national TV and to be up against Junior Sa’u and Josh Griffin – that is something else.

“Kam didn’t look out of place at any point, and he did this club, his teammates and himself incredibly proud.

“We have a strong commitment to giving our kids an opportunity, and I think this aptly demonstrates the pathway we have for young players in the south, and the hard work that goes in behind the scenes.”