Huge interest in Broncos job
London Broncos have had “huge” interest in the vacant position of head coach, according to man currently holding the reins.
The Londoners are advertising for a successor to Rob Powell, who was removed from the post last week with the Broncos bottom of Stobart Super League, having claimed just three wins from their first 20 matches.
Former player, coach and chief executive Tony Rea has been brought over from Australia to take charge until the end of the season and, although he has ruled out taking on the job permanently, will have a say in the appointment; he claims there has already been a big response to their advertisement.
“It’s been huge,” he said. “I haven’t counted but there must 20 or 30 applications from all over.”
Rea, who took charge of last Saturday’s game against Wigan Warriors just two days after flying into the country, is busy preparing the team for a trip to the south of France, where the Broncos will play Catalan Dragons on Saturday.
He is currently working virtually single-handedly but will welcome Powell back from a fortnight’s leave in time for the club for their next home game against Salford City Reds and insists there will be a role for the young Englishman at the Twickenham Stoop.
“Rob will be back in on Monday,” he said. “There’s no downer, he’s fine. It’s about developing a new role for him.”
London will be without utility back Dan Sarginson for Saturday’s game against the Dragons after he damaged an ankle in the 44-6 defeat by Wigan.
“He’s gone for four to six weeks,” Rea said. “I’m not going to down-tool him yet. We’ll see how his recovery goes.”