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London Broncos have appointed former Development Manager Phil Jones to the position of Player Performance Manager.
The PPM post was vacated at the close of last season when Dave Rotheram joined St Helens as Assistant Coach.
Phil Jones, London Broncos longest serving member on the Development team, is delighted to accept the new role, which is partly funded by the RFL.
The new post focuses on the development systems for Junior Players from the age of 11 - 18, as well as improving coaching standards throughout the London area.
The RFL provide this funding to all Super League teams should they wish to appoint a PPM, so as to assist the game to standardise a lot of Junior Elite Player Coaching as well as requiring regular information to be feedback on all potential junior stars.
Phil will be spending a great deal of his time setting systems to improve the London Broncos Scholarship scheme, Junior Academy and the options for players from the ages of 18 - 20 until they are good enough to establish themselves in the Broncos senior team.
Phil will be working with Caro Wild - RFL Regional Development Manager - to improve coaching standards at all levels and support the expansion of Junior competitions to increase the number of playing opportunities in the South.
Phil will not be stepping completely away from the Development Department at the Broncos as he will still oversee the strategic management of Development, and support the work already being conducted by Suzanne Stirton and Nooroa Ogden.
Phil commented: "I am really excited by this new challenge and hope with the support I am already receiving from Tony Rea and Hayden Masters we can make massive strides in the elite junior development.
I am very fortunate that the development department will not suffer as Suzanne and Nooroa are excellent and ready to take on the extra responsibility."
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