London Broncos: Owner David Hughes eyes Super League return

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Broncos 'capable of Super League return'

London Broncos owner David Hughes says the club's new-look squad are capable of securing an immediate return to Super League in 2015.

The Broncos were relegated from the top flight in 2014 after winning just one game all season.

"This squad we have assembled is better than the Super League one we had last year," Hughes told BBC London.

"The squad is perfectly capable of getting back in Super League. I am excited and have big expectations."

The Broncos endured a turbulent 2014 campaign, with their player recruitment having to be done late in the close season after coming close to entering administration 12 months ago.

The squad assembled by then-coach Tony Rea struggled to impose itself on Super League and the Australian was replaced by compatriot Joey Grima in May.

Season to forget
The Broncos lost 26 of their 27 Super League games in 2014, conceding 1237 points in the process

Grima, by contrast, has already completed his recruitment for next season, with 17 new faces brought in by the Broncos, who are remaining full-time, and has signed a contract until the end of 2016.

"It is a very different squad and we are looking forward to giving a good account of ourselves," Hughes said.

"This year we are tackling it full-on and are fully professional. We are raring to go.

"We have got a new assistant in Andrew Henderson, who knows the Championship inside out, and that is a big advantage."

Richie Mathers
Former Wakefield full-back Richie Mathers is one of the new faces at The Hive for 2015

Under the Rugby Football League's new competition structure, the Broncos will have to finish in the top four in the Championship to have a chance of returning to Super League.

Should they achieve that initial goal, they would then enter the Super 8s qualifiers, where a top-three finish in a mini-league or a victory in a 4th v 5th placed play-off place, will see the Londoners return to the top flight.

"I don't underestimate Bradford or Leigh in the Championship," Hughes said.

"I think the three full-time clubs are probably favourites. We have to be better than them and knock over a Super League team [in the Super 8s]," he added.

"I think we can do it. My ambition is to get back in Super League and be there for the next 10 years."

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