Super League: London Broncos give their own explanation about Sean Long's exit

Last Updated: 23/02/14 3:30pm

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Sean Long: Left London Broncos

Sean Long: Left London Broncos

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Former Great Britain international Sean Long left London Broncos because he failed to meet the professional levels expected of him, the Super League club have announced.

The ex-St Helens scrum-half announced he was quitting the London club earlier this month, just weeks after joining the backroom staff, and claimed it was because the club wanted to make him part-time.

On Sunday, the Broncos were more damning, saying in a statement: "The London Broncos would like to clarify the situation concerning Sean Long.

"Unfortunately, Sean's performances as an assistant coach did not meet the professional levels expected at the club. As a result, his position as full-time assistant is no longer continuing.

"Unfortunately, Sean's performances as an assistant coach did not meet the professional levels expected at the club. As a result, his position as full-time assistant is no longer continuing."
London Broncos statement

"Whilst this decision had to be made by the club, we do wish Sean the best for the future."

It is the second time that Long has left a club under a cloud. Last July Wigan terminated his contract, just three months into his job as an assistant coach after he failed to "integrate into the disciplined and already high-performing culture at the club".

The 37-year-old, who brought his colourful and often controversial playing career to a halt due to injury in August 2011, is now looking for a fifth coaching job in 12 months.

He resigned as assistant at Salford last April and, after his brief stay at Wigan, he ended the season as football manager at Featherstone. He was also assistant coach of Samoa in the 2013 World Cup.

London have appointed Australian Joe Grima as the official assistant to head coach Tony Rea.

Vea signing

Meanwhile, the club have confirmed the signing of back-row forward Atelea Vea from St George Illawarra.

Vea, 27, who played for Tonga in the 2009 Pacific Cup, began his NRL career with Cronulla in 2009 and also played for Melbourne before moving to the Dragons.

Broncos head coach Rea said: "The squad is delighted to welcome the hard-working and skilful attributes that Atelea brings to games."

Rea, whose side went down 44-18 to Salford in their opening home game on Saturday, is still re-building his squad following the move to Barnet.

The Londoners, who are also being linked with Vea's St George Illawarra team-mate Josh Drinkwater, have confirmed that Leeds youngsters Alex Foster, Thomas Minns and James Duckworth will remain with the club for the rest of the season after initially joining on loan.

All three are contracted to the Rhinos from 2015 onwards.

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