Quins RL Director Tony Rea has announced his decision to leave the club after thirteen years of service both on and off the pitch. Queensland born Rea initially joined the then London Broncos club in 1994 as a hooker and captained the side for two seasons until he retired from playing to take-up the position of chief executive in 1997. In 2000 he took over the role of interim head coach following the departure of the ill fated John Monie, but was eventually persuaded to take on the role permanently. He was to hold this role for nearly six years, until the arrival of current head coach Brian McDermott halfway through the 2006 season, upon which he took over the role of director responsible for recruitment and player development.
At times a controversial figure as coach, Rea is much admired by Quins fans for his loyalty to the club; and for several astute signings over the years including current stars Mark McLinden and Rob Purdham as well as past legends such as Lee Hopkins, Jim Dymock and Dennis Moran. In his current role as a director he has played a major role in the progression of home grown youngsters into the first grade playing ranks along with the development of a grass roots scouting network.
Rea has stated his intention to seek further coaching roles but is expected to stay with the club for the next few months whilst his responsibilities are handed over to others. His departure is likely to give greater responsibility for signings and player development to McDermott, but will still leave a huge void at a club which has benefited from both Rea’s vast experience as player, coach and administrator throughout its entire existence as a Super League club.