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London Broncos can confirm that former Kangaroo hooker, Jason Hetherington will not be returning to the club after failing to recover sufficiently from post-season shoulder surgery.
The gregarious number nine had hoped to make a return for the Broncos this season but instead has now decided to call it a day. Jason said: "Your body tells you when it's time to hang up the boots, and pick up the plough, and that's what I'm going to do." We enjoyed our time in London and made some very close friends with a number of Broncos supporters."
The team is travelling well without me and young 'Budders' (Neil Budworth) has come along really well. I wish the team and the club the very best. There's no reason they cannot go all the way." One reason former Wigan hooker, Neil Budworth joined London last year, was to play under Hetherington: "It's really nice of Jason to say that. He was such a great player and taught me a lot in a short time. I know I've improved as a player because of him." Tony Rea said: "You just have to respect Jason's decision. He knows his body better than anyone else and although he could have come over and pulled on the shirt, he didn't want to risk letting the team or himself down. He's a great person and I wish him and his family the very best for their future." I know he's back working on his parent's farm, so if the press want to get hold of him it'll have to be after the sun goes down and before the rooster crows." The door may have closed for Jason here at the Broncos, but we certainly haven't thrown away the keys."
Jason played 39 games for the Broncos in his two seasons in London (2001/2002) and fittingly, in his final game in round 28 against St Helens last season, he scored a try in a man of the match performance. London Broncos are away to Warrington this Sunday (K.O 3pm) and return to Griffin Park to play Wigan Warriors on Friday 18th July (K.O 8pm) - for discounted tickets in advance call - 0871 222 1657