London Broncos have confirmed all-action prop Wellington Albert has committed his services to the club by re-signing ahead of next season’s Betfred Championship campaign.
The 28-year-old Papua New Guinea international established himself as a favourite with the Broncos’ fanbase during his inaugural season in the capital and scored two tries in 15 appearances.
Next year will mark Albert’s fifth season in the UK after moving from his homeland in 2018. And the Papua New Guinea international revealed he is thrilled to have the opportunity to play at the Cherry Red Records Stadium again.
“I really enjoyed my first season in London,” said Albert. “Playing for the Broncos in 2023 was something I was keen to sign up to, so to be approached by Mike (Eccles, Director of Rugby and Performance) and reach an early agreement is very pleasing.
“I’m happily settled in London and have a great balance of Rugby League and home life which I believe allows me to play to my true potential.
“This season didn’t pass without its challenges, but the spirit and togetherness of the dressing room never faltered and that’s testament to everyone who works so hard behind the scenes.
“With a strong pre-season and extra focus on strengthening our already solid combinations, I believe we’ll be well placed to challenge for the play-offs next year which is our short-term objective.
“I’m already excited to get started and look forward to seeing the fans again in the new year.”
The Broncos’ Director of Rugby and Performance Mike Eccles shared Albert’s enthusiasm when confirming the news.
He added: “Wellington has fantastic size and power. His experience will be invaluable to our squad next season too, so we’re really pleased to have agreed terms.
“He’s become a cult figure, and the supporters love him. On the field he has an incredible presence and a lot of our middles are learning so much from his physicality and overall ability.
“Off the pitch Wellington is a real coup for us as well. He gives it 100% when playing, but after the game he’ll be the final player in the changing room sweeping the floor, which is testament to his character.
“Wellington epitomises what I want a Broncos player to be. He’s tough and aggressive when playing, but a real gentleman outside the field.”
Eccles has revolutionised London this year after they spent much of the year seemingly headed for relegation until he took over as interim boss having been Head of Performance and he is now set for a role as Director of Rugby.
He’s now started to assemble his squad for 2023 with the retention of former Leeds Rhinos and Widnes Vikings man Albert who spent a short stint at Headingley in 2019.