Boots 'n' All: London Broncos captain Tony Clubb set for exit

Last Updated: 11/07/13 10:46am

Clubb: seeking pastures new

Tony Clubb told Boots 'n' All that his future is likely to lie away from London Broncos.

The capital side are rooted to the bottom of the Super League table having accrued just eight points from their 21 games, while they must find a new home for next season after they leave the confines of Twickenham Stoop in October.

Clubb revealed that uncertainty over where the Broncos are headed, as well as his desire to re-insert himself into the England set-up, could lead to his departure from the team he has spent his entire career with.

"I am 26 now and should be hitting my stride. I want to play for England because that's what I live for."

Tony Clubb

But the Gravesend-born star fears the younger members of the London squad could struggle to gain employment next term if they are forced to head through the exit door.

"I think it is time for me to move on and progress my career," Clubb told Angela Powers. "I am 26 now and should be hitting my stride. I want to play for England because that's what I live for.

"But if we don't get a ground players won't have a job and are going to have to look somewhere else, and for a few of our young lads who haven't really jumped into Super League yet it could be tough.

"A lot of our bigger-name players might get another club but I worry about where things go for our kids and they could lose out because people haven't seen them play and aren't going to take a chance on them."


Boots pundit Paul Cullen urged Clubb to think wisely about any potential transfer and encouraged the Broncos man to try and nail down a permanent position following an extended period floating around the line-up.

Meanwhile, Shaun McRae, the director of rugby at Hull FC, thinks fears over London's future are impacting on the performances of Clubb and his team-mates and advised the Broncos to forget their worries and try to end the campaign on a high.

"It is a real challenge for Clubb, not just because of the state of affairs with London but because he hasn't found that definitive position," said former Warrington player Cullen.

"We have seen him in the three-quarters, on the edge, in the back-row and in the middle unit, so he needs to work out what his next move and position is going to be."

McRae added: "It is not easy to play at your best when you have got things on your mind and Clubb does not seem relaxed.

"There is a lot of tension there and London are going to have to find a way to put that in a drawer and play to the best of their ability."