Talk of a restructure of rugby league goes on but London chief insists decision can have big effect now
ANDREW Henderson has called on rugby league chiefs to let London Broncos where they are going to be playing in 2019. London Broncos boss Andrew Henderson wants to know where his side will be playing in 2019
SunSport understands a decision of the game’s structure from 2019 will be made before the start of the 2018 season.
London Broncos coach Andrew Henderson wants to know what they could be playing in 2019
Expanding Super League to 13 or 14 teams, ditching the Super 8s and Qualifiers and even reintroducing a form of licensing are all thought to be on the table.
But London Broncos coach Henderson feels the sooner his club knows which competition it is going to be in and how it can get into Super League should it miss out, the better.
He said: “In terms of what we’re doing, talk of the structure hasn’t affected anything we’re doing in regards to next season but the reality is if the structure is going to be different in 2019, it can have big implications.
“Because of the funds we have available to us, we’d need to strengthen our infrastructure off the field and put an amount towards that rather than more towards the team.
London Broncos coach Andrew Henderson believes any changes for 2019 could have a big effect now
“It’s important to know sooner rather than later as the club will have to look at what it would need to do with its infrastructure, if we are going to be in Super League.
“We’d need to know really if we’re going to be there or in the Championship, so we’d need to know what the structure is going to be in 2019 so we can plan accordingly.”
On the field, things are looking exciting for London, even though they have ground to make up if they want to make this year’s sudden-death Million Pound Game.
And after previously ripping things up and starting again every year, a strange phenomenon has crept into their Ealing base, planning.
Henderson has seen a change at the Broncos on and off the field
“Whatever the outcome, I’d like to think we’ve learned,” added Henderson. “Look at us, in the last four years it’s always been a case of ripping up and starting again.
“In 2013, the club went into administration, so we cleared out at the end of the year. Moreover, In 2014, we had a patched up squad that wasn’t of Super League standard and we were relegated.
“In 2015, we had a brand new squad and it wasn’t a successful year. A lot of players were moved on and we brought new ones in for 2016, which is when the rebuild started.
“We’ve started to put foundations down after moving back to west London and we’ve got a competitive side.
Henderson and London’s players can still get promoted
“If we don’t go up we’ll bring in something between one and three players. If we manage to go up, it won’t be many more than that – maybe four or five.
“We’ve got the nucleus of a Super League squad, although we’ll need to add a bit of strength to certain areas.”
London head to Widnes, who will go a long way to securing Super League safety with a win today.
But Aussie boss Henderson is not writing the Broncos out of anything.
Widnes head coach, Denis Betts’ side can take a giant stride towards safety with a win
He said: “It’s been a frustrating time for us. We’re in a better position than last year as we are on two points, now we’re on three, but we’ve competed against every club so far.
“At times we’ve been a little unfortunate not to be on more points but at this stage, rugby league is down to the fine margins.
“I’m really pleased with the efforts of the players in terms of the way they’ve done things, we flew in and out of Catalans Dragons on the same day and we’d never done that before.
“Things are still in our hands, though, with the opportunity to gain promotion through the Million Pound Game.”
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