RUGBY LEAGUE

Rea stays on to be new Bron­cos boss

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY AUGUST 23 -

LON­DON BRON­COS have ap­pointed in­terim head coach Tony Rea as the long-term suc­ces­sor to Rob Pow­ell.

The 45-year-old Rea (be­low), who was head coach of the Lon­don­ers from 2000-06, re­turned from Aus­tralia to take charge of the last seven matches of the sea­son and has now signed a two-year con­tract.

Bron­cos chair­man David Hughes said: “We’ve had lots of ap­pli­ca­tions and have given them all due con­sid­er­a­tion but I think Tony Rea is the man for the job.”

The an­nounce­ment is a change of heart by Rea, who ini­tially re­turned to the club as a favour for Hughes and in­sisted he didn’t want to make the po­si­tion per­ma­nent.

How­ever, af­ter mas­ter­mind­ing three con­sec­u­tive vic­to­ries, in­clud­ing a 62-18 rout of Chal­lenge Cup fi­nal­ists War­ring­ton last Fri­day, the for­mer Bris­bane Bron­cos hooker was happy to do a U-turn when of­fered the job. “He came and sat me down and asked me to think about it and it was purely a coach­ing de­ci­sion,” Rea said. “If I scratch my­self hard enough, I did miss coach­ing.”

Hughes said: “One shouldn’t un­der­es­ti­mate what a tough task it is coach­ing a club like the Lon­don Bron­cos but I think Tony Rea is the man for the job. “His prow­ess has strength­ened in his time away from us.

“He’s got a mas­sive de­sire to coach again and he’s im­pressed on me that coach­ing is all he wants to do.”

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