Broncos keen to make right moves

The new majority shareholder and chairman is Ian Lenagan, originally from Wigan but now the millionaire chairman of the Sports Café franchise. His promise is to bring his hands-on business acumen to a club who have rarely been far away from financial meltdown over the past few years and who went into liquidation earlier this season.

"What the club are getting is someone who knows about marketing and finance, as well as being a rugby league fanatic," Lenagan said.

The club were embarrassed last week by claims that Harlequins are set to become the controlling shareholders at the Broncos. What they are not able to deny - and will confirm on Tuesday - is that they are moving from Brentford back to their former home at The Stoop, where the relationship will be better described as a partnership than a takeover. Although Griffin Park is an intimate ground for rugby league, it has been a financial non-starter for the Broncos, who have been paying out too much and receiving too little.

A pooling of resources at The Stoop is thought to be a much more attractive option, especially now that Quins have lost their Premiership status. Against this backdrop, the news that their New Zealand Test scrum-half Thomas Leuluai has broken his ankle in three places and will not play again this season until the play-offs at the earliest seems like a minor detail.

The Broncos are fortunate that they have an obvious replacement for today's match against Huddersfield - their first back at Griffin Park after a month on the road - in their captain, Mark McLinden, who can move from full-back to partner Luke Dorn.

That will mean recalling Zeb Luisi at full-back, and the Giants will fancy their chances of forcing the odd mistake from this player. Huddersfield still hope to challenge London for a play-off position, and they have had a boost this week with Michael De Vere's insistence that he could be back from his broken hand in two weeks' time.

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