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Broncos sign Lovegrove

London Broncos have signed Australian forward Rhys Lovegrove following his release by Hull KR.

The 27-year-old back-rower was released from the final year of his contract with the Robins on compassionate grounds.

Joining the relegated Broncos will enable him to move closer to his family members in the capital.

"Joining the Broncos is a great move on and off the field," said Lovegrove, who has signed a two-year deal.

"On the field, I am excited by the new challenge of helping the Broncos regain Super League status, while continuing to promote and develop rugby league in the capital city.

"Head coach Joe Grima sold the club superbly with his ambitious and inspirational attitude.

"Off the field, my partner Libby has been extremely supportive during my eight years at Hull KR and we now look forward to fostering relationships with her family and friends in the London area."

Lovegrove, a former Australian schoolboy international, made 159 appearances for Hull KR after joining them from St George Illawarra in 2007.

"Rhys is another great addition to our squad for 2015 and again shows the calibre of player we are attracting with our vision for the club moving forward," said London coach Grima.

"We'll welcome Rhys to the club for pre-season training in November as a mature and experienced player who will work well with our younger players to help develop them whilst also concentrating on his game."