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To further illustrate the significance of the club?s youth policy in recent years, the Broncos most experienced in the current squad, in terms of games played with London, is 22 year old hooker, Neil Budworth.
Budworth is one of a number of youngsters to have recently agreed to long-term deals with London. Others include former Bradford fullback Paul Sykes, Whitehaven born Rob Purdham, England A International, Lee Greenwood, and home grown Londoner, Joe Mbu.
Today Jon Wells has also confirmed his long term tenure in London, having agreed to a deal that will see the Law Graduate remain in Broncos colours until at least the end of the 2008 season.
The 26 year-old winger, who played 136 games with recently relegated Castleford Tigers, sees a positive future for the code in the capital:
?What I?ve seen in the past 18 months has really impressed me and that?s played a big part in me committing myself to London for such a long term.?
I?ve enjoyed my time, I?ve developed as a player, and I think the future looks as bright for the Broncos and the code in London than ever before.?
Wells is due to feature on BBC 3 this evening, talking about the Broncos new season ahead, and the differences between league and union.
On Sunday he will be playing in the Broncos opening game of the season at Griffin Park, while just two miles away as the crow flies, a full house at Union HQ will see England host France.
But Wells is not phased by the competition that Warrington Wolves will provide, nor that of the rival code:
?To be honest I don?t think the game at Twickers will take much away from our event at all, if anything it may well be a benefit.?
I?m not about to drag their game down, but as a player, and a spectator, it?s just not for me.?
They?ll see an explosive game that?s non-top, and they?ll be so close to the action that they will actually hear the hits and smell the lineament.?
It?ll be a smaller crowd than at Twickers, but I can guarantee it will be just as passionate.?
The main action kicks off at 3pm and the gates will open at 1.30pm.
20-man squad as follows:
Anthony Armour, Nick Bradley-Qalilawa, Neil Budworth, Luke Dorn, Lee Greenwood, Lee Hopkins, Solomon Haumono, John Kirkpatrick, Thomas Leuluai, Filimone Lolohea, Zebastian Luisi, Mark McLinden, Mark O'Halloran, Rob Purdham, Tyrone Smith, Paul Sykes, Mitch Stringer, Steve Trindall, Mark Tookey and Jon Wells.
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