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Devastating blow as Super League star out for the season

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Newly promoted Super League side London Broncos can confirm that Bill Leyland has suffered an ACL injury and therefore looks set to miss the entire 2024 season.

It is devastating news for the 20 year old who was set to feature prominently in the first team this season after an outstanding 2023.

This comes after a tackle in their pre-season friendly against the Castleford Tigers which ended in a 14-all draw.

It was a problematic game for both sides on the injury front with Castleford Tigers losing Rowan Milnes and Joe Westerman to injuries after losing Alex Mellor the week before to injury which will see him miss the start of the season.

However, it is Leyland who suffers the worst blow. Just shy of his Super League the hooker has been ruled out for the entire season.

Super League side set to wrap up pre-season without star

London Broncos after promotion to Super League

Toulouse Olympique v London Broncos Picture by Olly Hassell/ – 15/10/2023 – Rugby League – Betfred Championship Grand Final – Toulouse Olympique v London Broncos – Stade Ernest-Wallon, Toulouse, France – London s Alex Walker with the Championship Trophy celebrateing their sides victory over Toulouse Olympique and their promotion to the Super League

For the third and final pre-season game before the start of the 2024 Super League season, the Broncos journey up to Boundary Park stadium to take on Oldham RLFC but will be without Leyland.

The Broncos have already had two other pre-season games in 2024 against Castleford Tigers, where they drew 14-14, and Huddersfield Giants, where they lost 50-16.

This weekend’s matchup is the third and final opportunity for the Broncos to prepare themselves for the upcoming 2024 Super League season and, after facing two Super League opponents for the upcoming season, they face a different and interesting challenge in League one side Oldham.

Fan favourites and long-time Bronco, Iliess Macani, who says “We have a couple of wrong’s to right this weekend.

“We know what happened last weekend against Huddersfield wasn’t quite what we were looking to get out of that game.

“We hope to hit the ground running again this weekend and hopefully build up and get ready for the St Helens game”.

Director of Rugby & Performance, Mike Eccles added: “I’m happy that everybody has been getting minutes recently and this week we will player a smaller squad to expose the players a little bit more in terms of usual spells which they would be doing against St Helens and hopefully we come through unscathed, and we are fit for the week after.

“Another tough one… we’ve taken what we could (pre-season games) this year which was two Super League games and, albeit, a league one team but in my eyes and on paper a top end championship team”.

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