Broughton keen to “spook” hometown club in cup

Leeds-born winger Jodie Broughton is hoping to haunt his hometown club on Saturday when Huddersfield Giants face Ladbrokes Challenge Cup holders Leeds Rhinos in a sixth round tie.

Broughton, now in his second season with the Giants, began his career with Leeds but moved on to Hull FC then Salford Red Devils due to limited first-team opportunities at Headingley Carnegie Stadium.

The former England Knight was in the stands for Leeds’s 1998 Grand Final defeat to Wigan Warriors, and hopes he can emulate Jason Robinson by touching down against his hometown club.

“I grew up supporting Leeds, I used to go to Rhinos games and stand in the South Stand cheering them on,” he said.

“I kind of want to haunt them. I was there in 1998 when they lost the Grand Final against Wigan and Jason Robinson scored the winning try and I’ve always thought that’s the sort of thing that I want to do.”

Broughton was on loan with Hull FC when they reached the Cup final in 2008 against St Helens. Although the 27-year-old wasn’t selected, it was a memorable experience which he’s hoping to accomplish with the Giants.

“It’s always been a dream of mine to play in a Challenge Cup final. I was on loan at Hull FC when they got there in 2008, and that was a great experience for me but I wasn’t allowed to play due to being Cup tied,” he said.

“It was a great experience, I’d like to experience that at Huddersfield and get a bit of silverware.”