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Noble to mentor Henderson

Published 21/04/2015

Elliot Kear has spent most of the year playing rugby union for London Welsh
Elliot Kear has spent most of the year playing rugby union for London Welsh

Former Great Britain coach Brian Noble is back in the game after agreeing to become a mentor to rookie London Broncos head coach Andrew Henderson for the rest of the season.

The 54-year-old former Bradford, Wigan, Crusaders and Salford head coach has been sidelined since being sacked by the Red Devils 12 months ago and rejecting the offer to become their director of football.

Noble, who will attend the Broncos' home Championship game with Dewsbury on Sunday, said: "Hendo is a friend of mine and I have a lot of time for him and I think he has a lot of talent.

"The dynamics of London makes it a great place to be and I want Andrew to be as successful as possible and anything I can do to help that happen I'm thrilled for.

"Part of my remit is to help Andrew and look at the football side and make recommendations. I'm encouraged by the commitment of the players, they are all enthusiastic, they've had some adversity with injuries and with a few people leaving, but they are all sticking together and the performances are getting better and better and that's credit to Andrew."

The Broncos, who were relegated from Super League last year, appointed Henderson to the role of head coach following the decision of Joey Grima to step down earlier this year.

London Broncos chairman David Hughes said: "The club and Brian Noble have agreed for Brian to mentor our head coach Andrew Henderson during the remainder of this season.

"Hopefully this will take some of the load off Andrew and we feel that Brian Noble's extensive knowledge in rugby league can only enhance our coaching staff, with particular regard to player acquisition, contracts, tactics and style of play.

"Brian has a fantastic record and we are very excited to have him on board to help us through this Championship season."

Noble was in charge of Great Britain for 14 games from 2004-2006 and remains the most successful coach in Super League, having led Bradford to six successive Grand Finals between 2000-05.

Henderson said "It's a great acquisition for the club. Brian and myself have a good relationship and I'm happy to have him on board. I think he'll really help me at the stage I'm at with my coaching career. He'll be a great mentor figure for me and I'll be able to bounce ideas off of him and he'll be someone I can open up to in that regard.

"It'll help take some of the workload off me in terms of the football operations work, negotiations and contract talks. His record speaks for itself, he's been one of the most successful coaches here in the UK and I think we would have been wrong to not bring him in given the fact he's available, wants to be here to help me and the club, it's players and staff."

Meanwhile, Welsh international Elliot Kear is also back in rugby league after signing for the Broncos.

The 26-year-old winger or full-back has spent most of the year playing rugby union for London Welsh after leaving Bradford at the end of last season.

"I'm really pleased to sign the contract and come back to rugby league," said Kear. "I'm just really excited to get back on the field.

"I know a few of the boys from playing against them over the years and everyone has been really welcoming."

Henderson said: "It's a great signing for the club. What he will bring is a vast amount of experience at Super League level and Championship level from when he was first starting out.

"He knows what this level of football is about as well. He's a Welsh international too so he's played at the highest level and some of the biggest stages in the world."

Kear will be available for Sunday's home game against Dewsbury.

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