London Broncos: Terry O'Connor says club's struggles down to changing grounds

'Capital outfit have never snapped up enough top players'

Last Updated: 14/05/14 8:01am

London's inability to find a permanent home, as well as difficulty enticing players to the club, has led to them being rooted to the bottom of the Super League table, says Terry O'Connor.

The Broncos parted company with Tony Rea on Monday in the wake of their 48-18 loss to St Helens, the capital outfit's 11th defeat in as many games so far this term.

"They have always had a problem attracting top players to add to the environment and boost the youth."

Terry O'Connor on London Broncos

But former Salford, Wigan and Widnes star O'Connor told Boots 'n' All that London's troubles run deeper than the dugout and feels the side's nomadic nature has damaged them.

"They have never had a base that they have stayed at for a number of years," O'Connor said of the Broncos, who have played home games at The Stoop, The Valley, Griffin Park and current abode The Hive, in Barnet, since 1995.

"They haven't been able to build up the fans, while they have always had a problem attracting top players from up north and getting the quality players from Australia to add to the environment and boost the youth.


"Instead they have had people coming for the money."

O'Connor's fellow pundit, Barrie McDermott, feels London - who finished 11th in the previous campaign - were always destined for a season of struggle following the summer exits of a host of key players.

And the onetime Leeds man says he is unsure that the departure of Rea, who will be succeeded by assistant Joe Grima, will lead to a change of fortunes for the basement team.

"They have lost players like Louis McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Tony Clubb, and Dan Sarginson, players who could have created a formidable team, so you have to ask yourself what difference getting rid of Tony is going to make," added McDermott.

"He has done a lot for that club, as a player in the 1990s and both as a chief-executive and coach, and brought some good times to the Broncos at the backend of last year.

"So he can tip his hat to that but these are desperate times for the club."

Click here to read Rea's thoughts on his departure from the Broncos.