DANNY Brough, the Scotland and Huddersfield playmaker, has signed a new five-year deal with the Giants.
The 30-year-old has enjoyed an outstanding season with his side top of Super League with just five rounds remaining, while his excellent form is underlined by the fact that he is leading the Albert Goldthorpe Medal table in League Express. And his omission from the England Elite Training Squad earlier this season remains one of the biggest talking points in the game. Instead, Brough will line up for Scotland in the World Cup, as he did in 2008.
“I’m over the moon to get my future secured,” said Brough.
“With the group of lads we have here and the quality of coaches there’s a real good buzz about the place.
“It’s a long deal, which I didn’t really expect, but I was delighted when they offered it.
“The aim for the season is to push through the barriers where we’ve dropped off before. We won’t put pressure on ourselves, though, by saying what we want to achieve.
“But I’m really satisfied with what we’ve done this season. Baloo (coach Paul Anderson) gets a great response from the players. I’m just very happy with what’s happening here.
“He’s done a cracking job of getting the team together.”
As for the World Cup, Brough said: “I’m looking forward to it because playing in a World Cup is something you aspire to.
“To be selected in the Scotland squad is a great achievement and if we can get a few more good additions then we could be looking at the quarter-finals as a minimum achievement.”
By RICHARD de la RIVIERE