Broncos talks at 'positive' stage
London Broncos could be saved from the threat of administration after reporting talks over their future have reached a "positive stage".
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The troubled Super League club had announced their intention to appoint administrators if a deal could not be struck to safeguard their future.
There had been a deadline of Tuesday, but due to the potential closeness of an agreement, the club will now have an additional 10 business days to work on a rescue package with interested parties.
A statement issued on behalf of the club read: "Negotiations to cement a permanent home for London Broncos and fulfil next season's fixtures are at a positive stage.
"The club will be instructing its lawyers to file a further Notice of Intention to Appoint Administrators at Court, which shall be effective for 10 business days.
"During this time the club are hopeful that a deal can be concluded in order to ensure the club's future."
The Broncos are effectively homeless after their agreement to play at the Twickenham Stoop expired at the end of the 2013 season.
A raft of players and other staff have also left the club amid speculation about the continued involvement of owner David Hughes.
It is thought Hughes has threatened to withdraw his support after failing to receive guarantees over the club's Super League status following the decision to reinstate promotion and relegation from the end of next season.
Tony Kleanthous, the chairman of Barnet FC, has previously expressed an interest in acquiring a stake in the club and the idea of a potential groundshare at The Hive has been mooted.
It is thought there have also been other parties interested.
Even if a deal is reached the club might still need special dispensation to exceed the overseas quota in order to build a squad for the 2014 season.
The Broncos are due to play their opening game at Widnes on February 16.
If the club did go into administration they would be certain to start the new season with a points deduction, if they survive.
The Rugby Football League has not commented but is being kept abreast of developments by the Broncos.