London Broncos are delighted to announce that Assistant Head Coach, Jamie Langley, has committed to a new two year contract to remain with the capital club.
Langley’s services were in high demand, with a number of rival Super League clubs seeking his signature. So the club were delighted when he chose to extend his stay at the Broncos until 2021.
Langley told us, “My partner and I have been here for over three years now and we love the city. I’m a Yorkshire lad born and bred but I have loved every minute of it down here. I love coming into work each day. Working with the fantastic staff we have here and obviously the players too. Being able to come in everyday and do something I’m passionate about with a group of like-minded people made the decision easy in the end and I’m glad to be staying with London.”
Since joining London in 2016, Langley has been on a similar journey to some of the younger members of the first team squad, having coached many of them in the Broncos Academy.
Langley said, “Andrew Henderson brought me down here originally not long after having retired. I was helping coach at Sheffield and he offered me the chance to come down to London and be part of the setup here – an opportunity which I’ll always be grateful for! Working with Rob Powell, our Head of Youth Development, I was (pretty much) given a free reign to run the U19’s programme along with Dan Mays, our strength and conditioning coach. I learned a lot about coaching during my two years with the Academy and I’m extremely proud that some of those boys have now made their Super League debuts this season.”
When Danny Ward took over from Henderson at the end of the 2017 season a lot of people were unsure which direction the club would take but Langley was always confident, “Hendo did a great job and put a strong infrastructure in place. Wardy and I took over without any external pressure on us to be honest. Wardy does an amazing job of putting trust in his staff and 2018 was all about making small adjustments that could really ‘move the needle’ for the team. All the staff and players bought in to the process and we had a successful year, making the Million Pound Game when no-one expected us to.”
Being based in the capital, away from the Rugby League heartland of The North, the London Broncos sometimes need to work smarter than other clubs on player recruitment. For Langley this is not a problem and he actually considers the unique geographical location of the Broncos as a great opportunity. “Once we get lads down and they get a taste of what it’s like playing in London, they don’t want to leave,”.
Langley says top players are drawn to the Broncos for three key reasons: a passionate owner who cares deeply about the club, top class coaching, and the elite facilities at their Ealing base.
“We are very fortunate as a staff and players that we have an owner who backs us 100% and is incredibly passionate about London Rugby League. We don’t want for anything at the club and are well looked after, from Scholarship all the way through to the First team.”
Langley went on, “David (Hughes) is great to have around and is often at training sessions and in the dressing room after a good win. He will always offer an opinion having watched and been involved in the game for so long. He is very supportive of the coaches and our decision making process. As long as you can give him a rationale as to why you want to do something or bring someone in he will back you.”
“The boys are a tight knit bunch, like one big family, living in the greatest city in the world, so we make sure, as coaches, that we give them as much time as possible to enjoy it! The payback is they give us 100% and rip in when the work begins. We feel that we need to combine the two aspects of living and working in London to get the most out of everyone.”
“We have incredible facilities here in Ealing with everything under one roof for all three squads. The 4G pitch and the performance gym are top class. The players love coming to work every day and spend the bulk of their time together, on and off the field and that shows in their performances.”
For Langley the fans in London are also a huge part of what makes the club so great “The fans here are invaluable! I have played at a few clubs in my time, as has Wardy, the fanbase may not be as large as others but what they lack in numbers they make up for in noise and spirit. Their loyalty is phenomenal with many of them having been around since the Fulham days. The commitment they show travelling up and down the country to support the club makes them even more special. On behalf of the staff and players I want to thank the fans for their support and I hope we do them proud as we continue our journey this season”.
Broncos Chairman, David Hughes, has high praise for Langley, ““I am delighted that Jamie has decided to commit two more years to London Broncos. His work over the past 3 or 4 seasons has been invaluable to the club as a whole. Seeing the players coming out of the Academy system this season and making their Super League debuts is down to the hard work Jamie has put in behind the scenes whilst coaching the U19’s. He is a passionate individual and through the work he and Danny have put in the passion is evident , now, throughout the squad.”
Broncos Head Coach, Danny Ward, told us, “Langers has done an amazing job during his time with the Broncos,from helping develop the next generation during his time as Academy Head Coach, to his ongoing work with the 1st team. He is a really popular member of the team and a big part of what we are about here.
I am glad his contract demands for bigger dumbbells in the gym were met and he has finally committed his future to the Broncos.”