>Now that London have exercised the old demon and proved that they can
>comprehensively beat a team above them in the table, where now for the
>In my opinion it is of drastic importance that the Broncos suffer the same
>import quota of players as other SL clubs as of next season. Otherwise
>promsing young British players will get sick of being dropped to the
>alliance to make way for yet another aussie player and will start to look
>for employment elsewhere.
>Players like Ady Spencer, Giles Thomas, Ian Higgins, Matt Salter, Nick
>Mardon and the crop of exciting players from the alliance and academy need
>to see more first team starts otherwise all the good work done by Bev
>Risman and his team will be wasted when the players get frustrated at not
>getting the coach's nod.
>London could be on the verge of an exciting era but the steps have to be
>made with less Aussies.
>Up the Broncos,
>The Big PA.
You are ultimately right, but......
We still don't have enough quality Brits in the squad.
If you look at the Brits that have played this season so far:
Good players there and some good potential, a backline of
Tollett, Mardon, Higgins, Spencer, Offiah, Edwards, Thomas
may be able to hold their own against some SL teams given some time and
a bit more experience but what about forwards. Matt is developing well
but is still a few games off being the first choice prop although if
continues to improve he could be a really good player.
There are a couple of real prospects in the Academy (Leroy and Wayne
Sykes in particular) and Alliance (Craig-Hill is a useful goal kicker).
that still leaves us seven or eight players short of a starting line up
and nearly twenty short of a squad.
To be fair London are building and developing a more British side but we
are at least two seasons away from evolving into a London/British team.
This season has seen more Bristish players than last season and if this
trend continues in 1998/9 we will be well placed for a London team to
emerge in 2000.