Super League Star O’Callaghan Signs For Skolars

London Skolars are delighted to announce the signing  Super League back Jamie O’Callaghan from London Broncos.

O’Callaghan, 23, joined Broncos academy aged 16 and made such an impact that he made his first team debut against Wigan aged just 17.  All in all O’Callaghan made 94 starts for Broncos during his time there scoring a total of 80 points. Injuries in 2013 meant only 12 starts were made for the first team.

O’Callaghan has represented the Ireland Rugby League national side and won three caps playing against France, Wales and Scotland.

Commenting on Skolars latest signing head coach Joe Mbu had this to say: “I’m delighted Jamie has signed for us. He brings a wealth of Super League experience to the club, which will be invaluable next season. We’ve added the experience of Dave Williams and Rob Thomas over the past two years and the addition of Jamie can only make the team stronger.”

London Skolars players, coaches, directors, staff and supporters gathered in a City of London venue last night to celebrate what was a memorable 2013 season for the club.

General Manager Howard Kramer thanked those attending, and event sponsors Laurent Perrier Champagne, for their outstanding support in a season that just fell short of a place in the Grand Final. Commenting on the evening Kramer had this to say: “Tonight shows that our fan base is growing, with a good number of supporters taking time to come into the City on a Wednesday evening to show their appreciation for what the team have achieved this year. I’m hopeful that numbers will increase in 2014 as the team continue to grow under Joe Mbu and play the type of Rugby League that fans appreciate.”

Skolars Chairman Terry Browne was on hand to present the awards to the recipients and head Coach Joe Mbu thanked each and every one of his squad for their contribution to the cause.

The first award of the evening was for Young Player of the year and this went to Martyn Smith, a player who has gone from strength to strength over the past two seasons with the club.

Next up was Forward of the year, which went to Captain Dave Williams. Joe Mbu explained why this player’s outstanding, consistent contribution had won him the award. Everyone at the club is delighted that Dave has put pen to paper on a new playing contract at the club.

The Coach’s player of the year award went to long serving John Paxton, a player who Joe Mbu explained was prepared to play in any position to help the team’s cause. John had an outstanding season and was a model of consistency throughout the campaign. John can be seen above receiving his award from Skolars chairman Terry Browne and head coach Joe Mbu.

Back of the year went to record breaking Dylan Skee. Although Dylan broke his ankle in the penultimate game of the season he still started more games for the club than any other player in 2013. In addition Dylan broke the club’s all time scoring record and finished the season as Championship 1 top points scorer. An outstanding effort from a player who will be sorely missed when he returns to his native Australia.

The last award of the evening was the Players Player of the year and this went to James Anthony. James had another outstanding season at full back and equalled the club’s season try record with 20 tries in 2013. James was unable to attend the evening and his award was accepted by Chairman Terry Browne.

As well as their trophies all award winners were also presented with a bottle of champagne from sponsors Laurent Perrier.

London Skolars are delighted to announce that captain Dave Williams has re-signed with the club and will lead the team in 2014.

The 6ft 7ins prop joined the club from London Broncos in 2011 and has now made 59 appearances for Skolars. 2014 will be William’s third season as captain.

Skolars head coach Joe Mbu believes Williams committing himself to the club for another season is vital as he assembles his squad for the 2014 Championship campaign. “Dave is a very important player for us. He had an outstanding season and was consistent. He takes the ball up well and makes the tackles. I believe his work rate goes unnoticed. As I assemble my squad for next season it was vital to get Dave on board. The players respect him and he’s a great influence in the dressing room”.

Williams, 26, was equally delighted at the prospect of leading the team in 2014. “I signed last year as I believed Joe was assembling a squad capable of challenging for promotion. We came close and we were all hugely disappointed to not make the Grand Final. I’ve signed again as I am enjoying my rugby here and I know we’ll be back next year, stronger than before, and making a real push for promotion”.

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