Griffin makes Broncos move

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13th January 2014

London Broncos have made Hull KR forward George Griffin their first official signing ahead of the new season.

The 21-year-old back-row forward, who is the brother of Salford Red Devils' former Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Huddersfield Giants and Leeds Rhinos prop Darrell Griffin, made 13 Super League appearances for Rovers last season.

He is expected to be the first of up to 16 new faces as head coach Tony Rea rebuilds his squad following the troubled club's salvation and subsequent move to Barnet in north London.

The Broncos have confirmed the capture of Griffin and say other signings will be announced in the near future.

They are thought to include former St Helens hooker Scott Moore, who was released by North Queensland Cowboys at the weekend, and Melbourne winger Danny Solomona.

The Londoners will also be relying on loan players from their Super League rivals and the Leeds trio of James Duckworth, Thomas Minns and Alex Foster are set to link up with them at their Underhill training base under newly-appointed assistant coach Sean Long.

"As far as recruitment goes, we're the strongest players in the market at this unusually late time," said Rea.

"The players out there are hungry.

"The training facilities have moved up a level. We've reinvested and relocated everybody.

"It gives you great energy and it really works - within a day it's home. Everyone wants to be here and is excited - it feels good."

The Broncos have retained 12 players from 2013, including winger Keiran Dixon, who will miss most of the season after damaging knee ligaments playing for England Knights in October.

Rea expects to have most of his squad in place in time for the club's pre-season friendly against Catalan Dragons in Perpignan on Saturday 25 January.

"We've got to work really hard, earn our right to get inside the games and enjoy the fight," said Rea, whose side only avoided the wooden spoon in 2013 after Salford were docked points for fielding 14 players in a match against Castleford Tigers.

"It's about togetherness and being a club but it's not just about the team," he added.

"The Hive is a wonderful stadium, it looks an exciting stadium to play in and the facilities are good and the ownership is vibrant."

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