London Broncos likely to remain at Twickenham Stoop

 

London Broncos are likely to remain at the Twickenham Stoop for the next two seasons, says chairman David Hughes.

The Super League side played two games away from their south-west London base this year.

Hughes told BBC London 94.9: "It's a very delicate question. We feel obliged to look around at where we can play and there are not many options.

"We've an option at the Stoop for two more years and it's highly likely we'll declare that."

The Broncos have been playing at the Stoop, also home to rugby union side Harlequins, since 2006.

The club staged home games at Leyton Orient's Brisbane Road and Gillingham's Priestfield Stadium earlier this season and in June, chief executive Gus Mackay revealed they were considering staging more matches away from the Stoop.

Recent reports linked the Broncos with a permanent move to Kent  to share with Football League side Gillingham.

"We don't get a great crowd at the Stoop and it is a rugby union bastion," Hughes continued.

"We took a game to Orient and took a game to Gillingham and they were quite successful and we probably made more money, net, from the games."

Despite a dilemma on where to base themselves in the long-term, Hughes believes their immediate future should lie in London.

"You're quite limited to where you can go," he added.

"We've not made our mind up yet but we'll announce it soon because the fans and players want to know where we are going to go. It's quite complex.

"For me, a presence in London is important for the image of Super League.

"Ideally, we should be in London."