If I may say a few words about Andy Kain. As a kid he was exceptional at RU RL and soccer. He played I believe for the Leeds Rhinos academy as a kid but things didn't workout Andy more than anybody knows why that was. As a Featherstone Rovers player he was exceptional, signed on loan from Widnes half way through 2007 he was the impetus that was needed to help Featherstone gain promotion that season. Andy's form took a dip in 2008 so much so that on a warm Sunday afternoon Andy, was walking with then wife and baby outside Halton Stadium when PJT and myself caught up with him. He told us that he'd played his last game for Rovers (The then Rovers coach Jon Sharp had been trying Thackeray in Andy's position, talk about life coming full circle) and would be leaving.
I and I'm sure many others are so glad that this didn't happen and Andy gave some of the finest service of anyone who has worn those famous colours for the following 6 years. I have seen most of the Featherstone players since 1974 and though it wasn't in the top division Andy Kain is for me one of the best players of the championship in the summer era.
An absolute nutter of a bloke off the field often in a nice way, sometimes he'd maybe let himself down. He always had time to speak though and he was great with the kids that came to the game and moreover he gave his best every time he stepped onto that field.
Highlights for me were Andy's break down the right flank to set Tim Spears up for the opening try in the grand final.
A fabulous 50 yard try v champions elect Salford in 2008 at POR.
Going around his cousin Stuart at Full back and waving to him as he did this.
Maybe not a highlight to be proud of but he once laid Stuart Donlan out, I have never seen someone throw 5 punches in such rapid succession.
Lastly his tackling. His tackling was classic around the leg tackling, he brought many a full flowing forward down with his perfect technique.
There was occasions when he was off colour like every player and he'd throw the odd pass that was intercepted, but for me he gave fantastic service and entertainment over the years I would like to thank him for that.
All the best Kainy, keep out of trouble mate.