London Broncos coach Danny Ward has promised his side will come back to Super League stronger after dropping their struggle for success.
Ward’s men defied all expectations by being aggressive throughout their first time back but it all came to an end with a defeat at Wakefield.
“They’ve done themselves proud,” said Ward, who will stay with London back from the Championship in 2020. “Regrettably we just weren’t good enough.
“But it has been excellent to work with this particular group of players. It is a small blip in the road and we’ll come back stronger.”
London began on issues with Wakefield, Huddersfield and Hull KR but in bottom place due to their inferior points difference.
They knew they had to win to stay away from the drop but a tightly-contested first half ended 8-0 after a try by two goals and Ryan Hampshire to Trinity from Danny Brough.
Hampshire scored again five minutes after the restart after which Reece Lyne inserted a third to affirm a victory that sent the Broncos, who scored late consolation tries from Brock Lamb , back into the Championship and Alex Walker after a season from the top flight.
“We have simply fallen at the last hurdle and Wakefield were rather good – we kicked us into death and left us come our personal line,” explained Ward.
“It was just 1 game too for the boys and we’re absolutely devastated.
“But imagine a learning experience for us all – I think we’ve all got better as the months have gone .
“There were so many ups and downs and it’s been a complete roller coaster with massive performances and some not so good.
“We’re proud of how we’ve gone about our company and how we have improved since the vast majority of the side come up from the Championship.
“They’ve proved they are able to play Super League week in and week out, but finally we failed in what we put out to perform.
“You will find plenty of positives, but at the end of the day we’ve been relegated and it is absolutely dreadful for the lads.”
A raft of London players are expected to depart, such as skipper Jay Pitts that will join Wakefield, however he hopes the Broncos can regain their chair in the table.
“It demonstrates how aggressive it has been this season but at the conclusion of the day that the worst group must go down and that is us, irrespective of how many wins we have acquired,” said Pitts.
“It is just devastating but I’m so pleased with the attempts. This year what we’ve achieved is remarkable.
“Hopefully it’s a stepping stone for London rugby league to perform hard to return .”