Keen to strengthen their side to make a charge back into the Super League for next season, the London Broncos have signed a talented international halfback in William Barthau.
The 24-year old French international has signed a 2-year deal from next season, playing in 16 games for the Catalan Dragons and enjoying successful stint with their reserve side, Saint Esteve.
It was back in 2009 when Barthau made his French debut and since then, he has appeared in the Les Bleus eight times. Additionally, he made three World Cup appearances and if you ask Broncos coach Joey Grima, he believes they have a talented player signed up.
“I’m pleased we’ve secured William as he will fit into one of our key positions on the field. He’s was impressive in the Dragons win over the Broncos in Round nine and led them around the field,” said Grima.
“He should link up well with both Ray Nasso and Ben Farrar who he knows from their time in France.â€
As for the player himself, he goes to the Broncos knowing a couple of players, having been acquainted with both Ben Farrar and Ray Nasso.
“I’m looking forward to joining the Broncos as it will be good to learn a different system and to play with different players,â€ he said.
“The challenge is to get into the top four and then play four Super League clubs to show we are ready to play in Super League again. I know that I can play my part in helping the club achieve this.
Confident with what Grima is setting out to achieve at the Broncos, Barthau looks forward to playing under the coach.
“I’m really motivated to be part of a winning culture that Joey Grima is creating, and I’m also looking to improve individually during my time at the club.
“I already know Ray Nasso and Ben Farrar who have lots of talent and I’m looking forward to playing alongside the young talent that is being developed in London.â€