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London sign Australian hooker from Championship rivals Featherstone

As London prepare for a new era under a new coach and as a part-time outfit once more, they have made a significant acquisition from one of their Championship rivals.

Today the Broncos announced the signing of Australian hooker Dean Parata on a two-year deal from Featherstone. Parata’s last appearance for the Rovers came in last week’s Million Pound Game defeat to Toulouse as Featherstone missed out on Super League.

As both London and the Rovers gear up for another crack at promotion 2022, he’s traded West Yorkshire for the capital in a brilliant move for the Broncos as they start a re-build having played in Super League in 2019.

The former Wests Tiger is extremely happy with the move and voiced his excitement in an interview with the club website: “I’ve been a fan of what the Broncos have been doing for a while now and jumped at the chance to join the Club. I think I can help out a few of the younger boys and I have no doubt we will compete, and compete well, next season.

“I’d like to bring a bit of experience to the squad both on and off the field, especially with the young halves who I can help to learn to manage a game.”

He intriguingly revealed that he nearly joined the club back in 2013 when they were still a Super League outfit: “I was close to signing for the Club in 2013 but there were circumstances which meant I had to put it on the back burner.

“It’s crazy how 9 years later this thing has come full circle and I cannot wait to get to the training ground and crack on.”

New Head Coach Jermaine Coleman was also very satisfied with the signing: “Dean is a great player and has a lot of experience to bring. He has been involved at some great Clubs and of course made it to the Million Pound Game this year so will bring that big game mentality to the group.

“He has good energy around the ruck and plays the game at high tempo so will suit how I want us to play. It will be great to have him with us this year.”

The former Italy international will bring significant pedigree to the Broncos next year and is expected to battle with fellow new signing Declan O’Donnell for the number nine shirt.

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