Super League club London Broncos agree partnership with London Skolars
Super League club London Broncos have agreed a partnership with Championship 1 side London Skolars.
Last Updated: 30/10/12 4:22pm
As part of the revised player pathway rules set out by the RFL for the 2013 season, the Broncos can now loan the Skolars up to five players through the dual registration set-up, an increase of one from last year.
As with similar partnerships between Super League and lower league teams, the agreement will see the two clubs share strength, conditioning and medical knowledge throughout the campaign.
Head of youth performance Phil Jones is excited by the news,believing loaning out fringe players will not only benefit the Broncos but also aid the Skolars' bid for promotion.
"I am really excited about this partnership with the London Skolars, which is a brilliant extension to our current interaction," Jones told the club's official website.
"The two clubs working even closer together will ensure that young players on the fringe of first grade will get chance to compete against experienced older players in Championship 1 and speed up their development into Super League athletes as well as supporting Skolars' aim to gain promotion to The Championship.
"The sharing of ideas on coaching, medical, strength and conditioning will help both clubs strive to become leading organisations in their respective competitions."
Skolars director Hector McNeil has always been pleased about the clubs' relationship and believes the deal will benefit the sport of rugby league in London.
"Whilst we've enjoyed a good relationship over the years, this agreement puts the partnership on a more formal basis and defines the commitment that both sides have agreed to put in to ensure we both reap the rewards of working closely together," said McNeil.
"The dual registration system will benefit both clubs and can enhance the development of the players concerned. 2013 will see a strengthening of the ties between the two clubs with the coaching and medical/support teams working more closely than ever before.
"I am grateful to the Broncos board for their continuing support of this key partnership. Two thriving, successful rugby league clubs in London is our common goal."