Wakefield Wildcats: Mathers is excited by challenge

Richard Mathers
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GRAND FINAL winner Richard Mathers claims he hasn’t finished with Super League, despite signing for relegated London Broncos.

Mathers, who played for Leeds Rhinos in their Old Trafford victory over Bradford Bulls a decade ago, will join London when his Wakefield Trinity Wildcats contract expires at the end of this season.

The 30-year-old full-back –who has also played for Wigan Warriors, Warrington Wolves and Castleford Tigers – said the challenge of helping Broncos win back their top-flight spot was what attracted him to the capital club.

“Everyone sees the struggles the Broncos have had this season and it’s not nice,” Mathers said of London, who have lost every game this year.

“I think it’s a blessing in disguise dropping down to the Championship. They’ll have a chance to regroup and get some players together and mount a really serious challenge.

“I do believe that a winning London side will attract the fans and I’ve grown up playing against some great London sides.

“That’s what my challenge is and that’s what excited me about the challenge, being part of the opportunity to get the Broncos back in Super League.”

Mathers met Broncos coach Joey Grima last weekend, when London were in Leeds ahead of their fixture at Castleford.

He admitted the prospect of moving to London is “daunting”, but added: “The challenge is one I’m looking forward to.

“It’s a different sort of challenge to what I’ve been used to, but Joey’s enthusiasm and the plans he has in place for the club, not just next year but for the future, he really sold it to me.

“I’ve spoken to him numerous times on the phone and really liked his ideas. He sold the place, not just on the club and the footy, but as a place to live and the whole package.

“I came down to have a look around with my wife and it’s been an eye opener and an experience we’re looking forward to. Having seen the set up at Underhill for training it’s a great facility, it’s all on one site and I’m really looking forward to starting pre-season training.”

Grima said: “Richie will be one of the highest-profile players in the Championship next season. His experience will be great for the Broncos and this signing is an indication of how serious we are about where we want to be in 2015 and beyond.”

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