Grima joins Broncos staff
London Broncos have added to their backroom staff with the appointment of Joe Grima as assistant coach.
Grima, not to be confused with the former Widnes Vikings prop of the same name who played for the Chemics in the late 1980s and early 1990s, played and coached at Parramatta for 19 years and was assistant coach to Ricky Stuart at Cronulla for three years.
He will work under head coach Tony Rea and alongside former St Helens and Great Britain scrum-half Sean Long, who joined the club's backroom staff in December.
"I am looking forward to the opportunity, having worked and coached in the NRL for the past five years," Grima said.
"Given the challenges of last year and more recently this year in the logistics of relocating and recruiting new players to the club, I will be able to use my experience in the NRL to assist in implementing training programmes while mentoring players to be the best prepared they can be."
Grima, who is due to arrive in London next week ahead of the Broncos' opening First Utility Super League match at Widnes, was coach of Malta from 2005-12 and was recently an assistant coach at St George Illawarra.
Rea said: "Joe is a really important part of our programme. He has a wealth of experience across a number of good clubs in the NRL.
"He was looking for an opportunity to do something fresh and has left the Dragons to take a significant role in our programme and will have a large amount of responsibility inside of what we're doing."