Re­turn of Brough is per­fect for am­bi­tious Wake­field

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - RUGBY LEAGUE - DAVE CRAVEN

HE MAY be ap­proach­ing his 36th birth­day but the cap­ture of tal­is­manic half-back Danny Brough could prove the miss­ing link for Wake­field Trin­ity.

They have an­nounced the re­sign­ing of the for­mer Scot­land cap­tain from Hud­der­s­field Gi­ants on a two-year deal with Trin­ity full-back Scott Grix head­ing the other way as he takes up a role which will in­volve some coach­ing with the Far­town­ers.

Wake­field head coach Chris Ch­ester has needed an ex­pe­ri­enced play­maker to com­ple­ment the skills of Aus­tralian Ja­cob Miller at Belle Vue and there are few more ex­pe­ri­enced than Brough, one of Su­per League’s lead­ing play­ers for the last decade.

If he can stay fit and, more im­por­tantly, avoid the sort of bans that have blighted his last cou­ple of years with Hud­der­s­field, he could be one of the sign­ings of 2019 and help them truly chal­lenge the elite.

Tech­ni­cally, it is the 2013 Man of Steel’s third spell at Trin­ity; he started out in their academy but made his pro­fes­sional de­but with home­town Dews­bury Rams.

Then came spells with Hull FC – win­ning the 2005 Chal­lenge Cup along­side Ch­ester – and Castle­ford be­fore re-join­ing Wake­field the fol­low­ing year.

He scored 19 tries in 57 ap­pear­ances be­fore mov­ing on to Hud­der­s­field in 2010 and es­tab­lish­ing him­self as a club leg­end for the claret and gold, in par­tic­u­lar when lead­ing them to a League Lead­ers’ Shield in 2013, their first top spot in 81 years.

Still re­garded as the best kicker in the com­pe­ti­tion, he has risen up to the sixth high­est points scorer of all time this sea­son and is rel­ish­ing the chance to re­turn to Trin­ity who have fin­ished fifth in each of the last two sea­sons.

“I am over the moon to go back to where it started,” said Brough.

“I have a lot of un­set­tled busi­ness at Wake­field and I owe a lot to the fans af­ter my pre­vi­ous spell at the club.”

Ch­ester added: “I’m per­son­ally de­lighted to fi­nally get Danny Brough back in the red, white and blue of Wake­field Trin­ity.

“Hav­ing been made aware of Danny’s avail­abil­ity, we jumped at the chance to bring him back. He brings a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence and without doubt the best short and long kick­ing game in Su­per League.”

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