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London Broncos 2004 playing squad is almost complete with the addition today of three more players who join the trek to England's capital via the United Arab Emirates.
Joining the club is former Leigh scrum half Lee Sanderson, Sheffield prop forward Mitch Stringer, and Wests Tigers three-quarter, Mark O'Halloran.
O'Halloran will link up with other former Tigers, Steve Trindall and Troy Wozniak, who have also left the joint venture club to move to London. O'Halloran is a tall outside back who played 21 games for the Tigers this season, crossing for six tries. The 22-year-old Burwood United junior made his top-flight debut in the NRL in 2001.
Sanderson, 22, had a short spell with St Helens' Academy side this season on his return from a broken jaw. He returned to Hilton Park to come off the bench in the National League One Grand Final defeat to Salford City Reds just over a month ago.
Mitch Stringer arrives in London after making 35 appearances for Sheffield after joining them in 2001. The 20-year old prop from Yeovil weighs in excess of 110kg and was this year a member of the National League Two Select Squad.
The Broncos squad will go into camp in Dubai tomorrow morning, before playing in the Dubai Invitational 7's from December 3-5. London Broncos will become the first rugby league club to take part in this three-day tournament that attracts in the vicinity of 150 teams worldwide.
The Broncos have been included in the same pool as The Samurais - a professional 7's team comprising a number of England RU development players, and The Chiefs - a combination of young Scottish and English players.
The International Invitational tournament is one of eight competitions held alongside the World 7's which features 16 of the world's top rugby 7s nations.
Tony Rea today said: "It's a very important time for us over the next few days. We've got many new faces in the squad and it's obviously important that we gel well together as a group. It's an exciting time us as a club and we know that there is a lot of hard work ahead."
I remember vividly the day we came together as a new squad in Australia last season. I know our time down there was most beneficial and we're lucky that we have been doing this now for a number of years."