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Championship star completes Super League transfer

London Broncos are set to join Leeds Rhinos, Wigan Warriors, Warrington Wolves and the rest of the ‘big teams’ in the Betfred Super League.

However, having been promoted from fifth with promotion being regarded as unlikely which has set them back in terms of recruitment at a Super League level.

The Broncos have acquired Sadiq Adebiyi from Keighley Cougars.

“I’m delighted to sign Sid and bring him back to the club. He’s had an unfortunate run of injuries since breaking through to the first team at the Broncos,” Mike Eccles said.

“I’m confident that bringing him back into our programme combined with the experience he’s picked up the last couple of years, he’s ready to kick on and fulfil his Super League potential.”

Speaking to Sid, he is excited for the opportunity to return to London and looking forward to the challenge next season will bring;

“Obviously I’m still close with quite a few of the boys and staff and I can’t wait to be working with Mike again and working hard to establish this club back in the Super League.

“I’m really excited to be returning to my home town club, I feel the time is right for me to return home.”

The Nigeria international arrived at Cougar Park on a two-year deal following his departure from Betfred Super League club Wakefield Trinity last year.

Leaving Belle Vue after just one season, the forward came to Keighley having previously worked with former Head Coach Rhys Lovegrove and Andrew Henderson at the London.

Born in Lagos, the Nigerian capital, the player affectionally known as ‘Sid’ was raised in London after moving to the capital at six years of age.

Beginning his career having received a first taste of Rugby League with the Richmond Warriors, his aptitude to the sport would see Sadiq earn a place on the London Broncos scholarship scheme.

Joining the Under-15’s team at the Broncos, he would rise through the ranks and be appointed the captain of the academy side.

Making his first team debut in 2015, Adebiyi would continue his development with dual registration spells at the Hemel Stags, Oxford, and London Skolars.

After a loan spell during the 2017 campaign with Oldham, a return to the capital saw the versatile forward become a regular in the side.

Establishing himself as a first choice forward under Danny Ward, Sadiq would help the side achieve promotion to the Super League and featured in the Million Pound Game victory over the Toronto Wolfpack.

Featuring either side of a loan move to the Sheffield Eagles, he and his teammates were unable to avoid relegation back to the second tier despite a valiant effort throughout the year.

Following the conclusion of that season, Adebiyi took the opportunity to represent the nation of his birth with both hands and proudly led Nigeria to victory in the Middle East-Africa Championship where he would score a brace of tries in the final against Morocco.

However, a combination of the pandemic and a serious injury to his Achilles would restrict his playing time in the two seasons that followed.

Ahead of the 2022 season, the versatile forward headed north to sign with Wakefield Trinity.

Only making three appearances during his time at Trinity, he spent part of the last campaign on loan at the Newcastle Thunder before leaving Wakefield upon the expiration of his contract to sign with the Cougars.

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