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Clubb seeks Broncos exit

16th of July 2013
Clubb seeks Broncos exit

London Broncos captain Tony Clubb has told the Super League strugglers he wants to quit the club because he is "sick of losing".

London Broncos captain Tony Clubb has told the Super League strugglers he wants to quit the club because he is "sick of losing".

The 26-year-old forward, who is the Londoners' longest-serving player, recently took over the captaincy from the departed Craig Gower but has told coach Tony Rea he is no longer enjoying the game.

"I am sick of losing," he told Forty-20 magazine.

"And that's what it all comes down to. Losing is not a good feeling. It's upsetting. It gets to a point where you could cry."

In an interview carried out before the Broncos' win over Sheffield Eagles on Friday which took them to within 80 minutes of the Challenge Cup final, Clubb says their record 82-10 defeat by Warrington Wolves in Gillingham last month hit him especially hard.

"It affects me as a person and a player, losing by that much," he said.

"I will dwell on it. Losing in general is tough, losing 82-10 is embarrassing.

"I walked off genuinely embarrassed because on top of that it was in my home town in Kent and I had a lot of family there watching.

"Going in to face them afterwards, it was tough."

Clubb, who played for England in the 2010 Four Nations Series, is under contract with the Broncos for another year but is negotiating an early release in the hope of following his old team-mate Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, another locally-produced player now at St Helens, to a more fashionable club.

"I am just talking to them about being released and I am hoping they will grant that," said Clubb, who hopes to leave on good terms.

"It's tough to think that next year I might not be at London but to be honest that is the sport we are in.

"You have to be selfish because you have to do the best to provide for your family.

"I want the challenge of every week being in big games, of being in close, tight games, of winning games.

"I have just turned the wrong side of 20 and I want to push on and get more England caps and be in big games.

"That is where I am in my life and my career at this precise minute so it is tough for me to say but I am going to have to leave London to do that."

The Broncos are bottom of Super League with just three wins from 21 matches and will be in danger of dropping down a division when promotion and relegation is restored at the end of next season.

Uncertainty also surrounds the club's future off the pitch, with their tenancy at the Twickenham Stoop ending this year amid speculation of a move to Barnet.

"It is frustrating because no one knows what is going on," Clubb added.

"The club's telling us nothing, Tony is telling us nothing.

"We haven't got a ground yet, we are losing 12 players and it's pretty daunting. We need it out in the open."

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