Good to see that the Broncos will be playing in Super League next season – we’ll be there for sure!
I hope that now the short-term has been settled we can engage in a discussion on the long-term needs of the game. Reports seem to indicate that 2014 is a “taster year” for the owner of Barnet FC to see if this is a venture he wants to pick up post David Hughes. In my view I think the short-term fix gives us an opportunity to properly explore the Broncos vision for the next ten years, and I think a Supporters stake in the club is essential to secure a stable future for the game.
I hope that we can engage the Broncos in meaningful discussions about Supporters’ role in the club going forward; I believe David Hughes has always had the interests of the game at heart and would welcome the opportunity to explore as many options as possible post 2014.
In parallel though I think the work to establish a Trust with the prospect of a Phoenix RL club should be continued. The idea has momentum – in fact more people have signed up to be updated since the Broncos story broke last week – and this would not prejudice in any way any talks about the Broncos that may take place.
I still see a fundamental flaw in the move to The Hive as it currently seems to be. Tony Kleanthous is rightly quoted HERE as saying “This deal represents a new beginning for the club and we hope to work with them in the community to grow the participation and support of Rugby League in North London.” A laudable aim indeed, and one I wish every success to, but it does nothing the address the abandonment of the Rugby League community in South West and West London.
Contrary to the “people in this area will never support the game” myth promoted by both “Heartland” naysayers and the Broncos themselves to cover their failure to seize the opportunities The Stoop had to offer, the Club is now prepared to walk away from EIGHT YEARS of tireless community work done since the inception of Harlequins RL. Past relocations have mattered little because the Club has failed almost without exception to engage with its communities, but this time; perhaps despite itself; it has started to build a solid Rugby League foundation that it seems it is quite prepared to abandon.
The task of Phoenix RL is to make sure this doesn’t happen; hopefully by becoming a stakeholder in the Broncos but by whatever means it can if that is not the case.