When Bay of Plenty announced they were bringing former old boy Mike Delany back for the 2017 season we thought nothing of it.
We had been big fans of Delany back in the day – in the 2007-2010 period when he was [and indeed won a solitary test cap] pushing hard for national inclusion. He was always a tidy yet adventurous player when he was at the Highlanders and Chiefs and he brought a steadying hand.
But we didn’t think much of him coming home because we thought, without checking, that he was close to 35 and surely past it.
Shame on us. Shame. Shame. Shame. Delany showed he still has plenty to o er