Broncos Chairman extends thanks to

London Broncos bowed out of the Tetley's Super League Play-Offs last Friday night after putting up a good fight against the current champions.

It was the first time the southerners had qualified for the Play-Offs and it marks an important step in the club's progress.

According to Chairman David Hughes, despite his club being eliminated in the first week of the finals series, the season has been a great success: "I am very proud of what Tony (Rea) and the players have achieved together."

They have gone about their business in a very professional manner and just making it to the Play-Offs is important for our culture as a club."

We have very high performance expectations as a club and I think this year we have set a benchmark for achievement."

In many ways it's been a very difficult year for our players and our supporters. A lot of fixtures were moved about for various reasons and we didn't really build any momentum at home. What these guys achieved on the road was simply outstanding."

I would like to personally thank everyone associated with the club: our players, staff, volunteers, and supporters. We should all be very pleased with our achievements and there's good reason to have even higher expectations for next year and beyond."

I know our decision to stay with Brentford for another five years will give us good stability on which to build in the local community and this is already being reflected in season ticket sales for 2004." - 28% of sales to date represent 'new' business.

On a performance front our squad is taking good shape. Over the past couple of seasons we have developed a new British look to our playing squad and this process will continue in the coming months."

To have Paul (Sykes) and Rob (Purdham) named in the England 'A' squad to face the Aussies is fantastic. It's a fillip for our club and of course our coaching staff."

We have some big plans in terms of our preparation for the 2004 campaign and some of these details will be announced in the next week or so."