Offerdahl’s high hopes of promotion

London prop Mark Offerdahl says the Broncos won’t just make up the numbers in the Middle 8s and have a strong chance of reclaiming Super League status.

London are in their second year in the Championship after being relegated at the end of 2014.

This season has been an impressive one for the Broncos as they sit in second place on the table with one regular season game left. The club has signed NRL halfback Jamie Soward for the rest of the year.

Offerdahl is confident his team has what it takes to surprise people in the Qualifiers.

“I think there is a really good chance that we can do well in the Middle 8s,” he told Love Rugby League.

“We’re not there just to make up the numbers. We feel we have enough talent to do it.

“Even though we have lost the last couple of games, we want to finish on a high this weekend against Halifax and build some momentum before the next stage of the competition.

“There is a massive desire amongst the team to play in the top division next season but it is very important off the field because it shows London are not a weak side.

“Before I arrived at the club, they had always been known as a team who would offer little resistance.”

Offerdahl joined London at the start of this year. The Queensland-born forward has had a long career with spells in the Queensland Cup, France, America, Wales and in the NRL.

The success the Broncos have enjoyed so far this campaign is mainly because of a strong togetherness and team spirit, according to Offerdahl.

“Throughout my entire career, I don’t think I have played in a team that has been so united,” the 28-year old admitted.

“Everyone is good friends and we are always doing stuff outside of rugby, such as going for coffee.

“The coaching staff, who have been doing multiple roles, also deserve a lot of praise.”

 

 

 

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