Broncos set for Ealing move

Date published: Thursday 30th July 2015 9:48

The Broncos are set to leave The Hive after just two seasons of ground-sharing with Barnet, with an official announcement expected before the end of the current campaign.

“I don’t think we’ve hidden away from the fact that we are looking at alternative venues,” said London head coach Andrew Henderson.

“There has been a deal put on the table from The Hive which the club have looked at and at this stage they are exploring other options and one of those options is a rugby union club.

“At this stage a final decision hasn’t been made on where we’re going to be playing but I would say it’s very unlikely we’ll be at The Hive next season.”

The attraction of Ealing RFC’s Trailfinders Sports Ground is that it has an artificial pitch which would enable the Broncos to both train and play at the same venue and also provide a permanent home for their academy team.

“We have to rebuild this club now and, if that means we have to move somewhere else where it’s going to be more cost effective and also allow us to become a club, then that’s what we’ll do,” Henderson said.

“The issue I have a problem with at the moment is that we’ve got our academy training in a different facility and they’re playing at about three different venues in London for their games.

“We’re training at a different facility so we’re all over the shop. It’s very disjointed and I want to bring it all together to get that one-club feel which I think is very important if we are to move forward.

“That would be one of the positives of the move to Ealing. We could make that happen as well as being more cost effective.”

London moved from the Twickenham Stoop two years ago after previously being housed at Fulham, Chiswick, Brentford, Crystal Palace and Charlton since their formation in 1980.

They were relegated from Super League at the end of last season and will be again playing in the Championship in 2016 after failing to finish in the top four which would have given them an outside shot at promotion.

However, the Broncos intend to remain a full-time club and Henderson is confident that owner David Hughes will continue his backing, at least in the short term, as they eye a return to Super League.

“Jason Loubser, our acting CEO who is our general manager at the moment, is putting a three-year plan to David right now to make him aware of what we expect his level of commitment needs to be in terms of taking the club forward and making it work,” Henderson added.

“David is mulling it over. I know he’s certainly committed for next season, there is no doubt about that because I’m already signing players so that shows his intentions.

“We need David to commit to years beyond that but the plan we have put to him would be that his level of commitment would decrease over those years.

“We’d love to have him here forever. He’s a great guy and he’s done so much for the game down south.

“He’s really passionate about the game and the kids and everything about London.”

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