International hooker departs London Broncos

London Broncos
Dec O'Donnell has left London Broncos.

London Broncos have confirmed the departure of Declan O’Donnell. 

The Ireland international joined the Broncos during the off-season from Workington on a two-year deal.

However, the club has confirmed his release, stating the hooker has struggled to settle in the capital.

O’Donnell was part of Workington’s promotion winning team in 2021, winning a place in the Championship. The former Wigan academy and Leigh player had originally signed in October.

He had also agreed to join Ottawa Aces ahead of the 2021 season.

London Broncos head coach Jermaine Coleman has his say

London Broncos head coach Jermaine Coleman said: “Declan has been open and honest with us about his situation and the need to move back up north.

“We agreed with his request to end his contract.

“He worked hard during his time with the club and we wish him the best for the future.

“This sometimes happens in sport and it creates an opportunity for someone else to step up. We’re happy with the direction of our squad and are looking forward to the season.”

Elsewhere in rugby league

Halifax Panthers no longer want to be underdogs of the Championship as the club aim for promotion, says Adam Tangata.

While the forward admitted everyone loves an underdog story, he believes his side have the quality to be up there with the likes of Leigh and Featherstone in 2022.

Tangata said: “Everyone loves an underdog. But, we kind of don’t want to be an underdog this year,” said the Cook Islands international. 

“More or less it (being an underdog) gives us an excuse if we didn’t go one step further to think ‘that’s okay, you’re the underdog team’.

“I think we’re trying to get rid of that stigma for the club. If we can stay consistent with the likes of Fev and Leigh, we could be in the ball game.”

READ MORE: Dec O’Donnell hoping to represent Ireland at World Cup

About Josh McAllister 1337 Articles
Journalist. Joined the Love Rugby League team full time at the start of 2022 having been a freelance reporter for several years. Previously media manager for Swinton and Rochdale.

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