TONY Clubb will return to the place where he gave up a life playing union to take up rugby league this weekend.
The London Broncos take their second experimental 'on the road' home game to Gillingham FC's Priestfield Stadium on Sunday, when they host Hull in a Super League clash.
And for Broncos centre Clubb, who reckons he will put at least 50 more on the gate when his family and friends show up, it will more a return home than a home game on the road.
He said: “I was born and bred in Gravesend, which is just 10 minutes down the road from Priestfield, so it will be nice to go back to Kent and see a few people.
“I actually grew up there playing a lot of union, but when a mate invited me to try playing league at Greenwich Admirals, I loved it and quit union altogether.
“I didn't even know the game existed when I was a kid, but now it is really growing in the area, and hopefully we can help it grow even more by taking a game there.”
The benefits for Broncos are obvious – not only are they tapping into a potentially new fanbase, but among them could even be the next Tony Clubb.
However, Clubb himself came close to missing the game after tearing his groin against their opponents' neighbours, Hull KR, last month.
He said: “Last weekend was my first game back, and it felt all right, although I was a bit sore afterwards. Hopefully a few massages and a bit of physio this week will help that out.”
Not even Clubb's return to the side could prevent Broncos crashing out of the Challenge Cup quarter-finals 50-12 at Huddersfield Giants, leaving the joint-bottom Broncos with just Super League pride to play for this season.
Clubb added: “That defeat was harder to take as I'm a massive fan of the Challenge Cup and the fact that is a straight knock-out, like cups should be. But all we can do now is try and finish as far up the league as we can.
“But we will only do that if we start keeping hold of the ball a bit better. Every time we got into an attacking position at Huddersfield we kept dropping the ball, and that's something we have to work on.”