London Broncos are back in Super League after denying Toronto Wolfpack a win in what was a Try-less Million Pound Game in Ontario.
Now back in the Super League for 2019, head coach Danny Ward understands that he needs to begin recruiting players that will help maintain the Broncos stay in the top competition and he has identified departing St Helens and former captain of the club Jon Wilkin as veteran presence that Broncos require.
It was understood that Jon Wilkin verbally agreed to a 1-year deal with the Toronto Wolfpack, but had a ‘get out clause’ if the Wolfpack were unsuccessful in their bid to make Super League in 2019. Wilkin is now believed to be accessing his options going forward.
The 34-year-old former England back-rower has made close to 400 appearances since joining Saints from Hull KR in 2002. Part of a Saints side that won two Grand Finals, four Challenge Cups and a World Club Challenge, Wilkin was also named in the 2006 Dream Team following the memorable treble under Daniel Anderson.
“It’s 16 years of my life. I could have left on four or five different occasions to earn more money but I never did because I genuinely believed in what we were doing and I wanted to be a part of it.”
He was replaced as captain for the start of the 2018 season by James Roby but has played in all but two of the club’s 26 league and cup matches so far.
It is understood that Jon Wilkin is expected to meet with the London Broncos officials within the coming weeks. It is expected that the Broncos are offering the former St Helens veteran a 1-year deal with a second year option.