07 Jan 17
By Media Team
Posted in Team News

London Broncos announce 2017 squad numbers

London Broncos Rugby League has confirmed a 31 man squad, after head coach, Andrew Henderson today unveiled his captains and squad numbers for the 2017 Kingstone Press Championship season.

Lead by captain Daniel Harrison, and vice-captain James Cunningham, 16 new faces have joined the ranks ahead of the coming season, and 15 have been retained from last year’s squad. Ten of the 31 are home grown London players.

“As a club we continue to be committed to giving London and Southern kids an opportunity to progress and further develop their rugby league here at the Broncos,” said Henderson.

“We provide a quality performance pathway which has improved greatly in the past two years thanks to the excellent work being done by Rob Powell, youth coaches and support staff.

“We are now bearing the fruits of all this good work and previous work done – not only by seeing 10 London products in our current first team, but all the other London and southern talent produced by the Broncos playing rugby league professionally with other Super League, Championship and League One clubs – proving we add true value as a club to the British game.”

Amongst the newest faces, eight are familiar ones – four have stepped up from London’s academy (Pearce-Paul, Bienek, Bustin and Adebiyi), and four make a welcome return to the Broncos after having spent time away; Jarrod Sammut, Michael Channing, Kieran Dixon and Will Lovell.

The last to land, Junior Roqica joined the club from reigning NRL Premiers Cronulla Sharks, and will line up alongside fellow newcomers Adrian Purtell, Alex Mammone, Will Lovell, Tom Spencer, Ben Evans, Jay Pitts, Matt Gee, Dalton Grant, Michael Channing, Jarrod Sammut and Kieran Dixon in 2017.

“I believe we have got the makings of a strong squad in 2017– the players are hungry, ambitious and proud to represent London. We kept a core of last year’s team, giving us continuity, promoted some good youngsters and made some excellent signings” added Henderson.

“We made good progress last season but it’s now about the team of 2017, and what they can achieve.

“I’m genuinely excited about the season ahead, but we are all fully aware that we have to be better in everything we do – both staff and players – if we are to get what we want this season.

“We have a group of quality players and quality people who all add value to this team. Each one of them is here because I believe they’ll uphold our values and our integrity as a club, and they’ll give their all for the team.”

London Broncos 2017 squad:

1. Elliot Kear
2. Rhys Williams
3. Ben Hellewell
4. Adrian Purtell
5. Kieran Dixon
6. Jarrod Sammut
7. William Barthau
8. Thomas Spencer
9. James Cunningham (VC)
10. Mark Ioane
11. Daniel Harrison (C)
12. Matt Garside
13. Jay Pitts
14. Andy Ackers
15. Eddie Battye
16. Junior Roqica
17. Mark Offerdahl
18. Ben Evans
19. Api Pewhairangi
20. Michael Channing
21. Dalton Grant
22. Matthew Davis
23. Matthew Gee
24. Alex Walker
25. William Lovell
26. Alex Mammone
27. Ben Pointer
28. Sadiq Adebiyi
29. Kam Pearce-Paul
30. Callum Bustin
31. Lewis Bienek