London Broncos Rugby League will welcome back Will Lovell on a three month contract, beginning in the 2017 pre-season.
Lovell’s rugby career began playing union with Northampton Saints, but it wasn’t long before he was spotted and signed by the then-named Harlequins RL.
The second rower played with the academy in both 2010 and 2011, before making his Super League debut with the newly re-formed London Broncos at the tender age of 19. He remained with the Broncos for another three seasons, before signing with London Skolars for the 2015 and 2016 seasons.
Head coach, Andrew Henderson, says he hopes Lovell’s determination and subsequent success will inspire other young London players to work hard in pursuit of their goals.
“At only 23, Will has already experienced being in a full-time environment playing Super League – and at a young age – with the London Broncos. I have spoken with Will at length and know he has the hunger and desire that we look for in our players to be the best they can be.
“From what I have seen of his performances in League One this year I’m confident he can add some value, and something a little different to the team should he show up well in pre-season. At 6’4, and a decent size, he certainly can prove to be hard to handle on the edge.
“From what I hear, Will showed a lot of potential in his time at the Broncos and has only improved at Skolars under the tutelage of Jermaine Coleman.
“For whatever reason Will’s opportunity was cut short back then, but sometimes as a player you have to take a step back to move forward. Andy Ackers is a great example of this and what can be achieved.
“It’s fantastic for the club that we can reward players who’ve worked their way up through our system, or have even been developed at other London clubs.
“I’m sure this will encourage other players who may fall out of our program at one stage that there could be an opportunity to come back if you work hard to improve and develop your game elsewhere.
“Hopefully Will gives a good account of himself and his stay becomes a more permanent one.”