Broncos request more time

London Broncos say that talks to secure the club a home for next season are at a "positive stage" as they look to avoid administration.

Last month, the Broncos revealed their intention to appoint administrators unless a deal could be struck to rescue the ailing club.

However, in a statement on Tuesday, the club indicated that progress had been made and a further application had been made to allow them 10 working days to secure a rescue deal.

"Negotiations to cement a permanent home for London Broncos and fulfill next season's fixtures are at a positive stage," read the statement.

"The club will be instructing its lawyers to file a further Notice of Intention to Appoint Administrators at Court, which shall be effective for 10 business days.

"During this time the club are hopeful that a deal can be concluded in order to ensure the club's future."

The Broncos are currently without a venue at which to play next season after an eight-year groundshare with rugby union side Harlequins ended in September.

And they have lost several members of their playing and coaching staff amid ongoing speculation about owner David Hughes' continued involvement.

Four days ago, half-back Michael Witt became the 16th Broncos player to leave a squad that only avoided the wooden spoon in 2013 after Salford were docked points for fielding 14 players in a match against Castleford.

It is thought the Londoners would need exemption from the overseas quota to enable coach Tony Rea to put together a side in time for their opening match of next season at Widnes on February 16.

The Broncos have been replaced by Wigan in the annual Capital Challenge match against London Skolars in January and Featherstone have offered to take their place in Super League for 2014.

In addition, the club's official website and Twitter feed have not been updated since September following the departure of their media officer.