KEVIN BROWN expects to have a heavy heart on Sunday.
While the rest of his former Giants teammates prepare to do a lap of honour to mark the final home game of 2013 at the end of the Super League clash against Leeds Rhinos at the John Smith’s Stadium, the former captain will be at home continuing to recuperate following ankle surgery.
It means Brown will miss out on the opportunity to say a public ‘thank you’ to the fans who backed him from the day he arrived at Huddersfield from Wigan in mid-2006. The chance to say his good byes before moving to Widnes Vikings for the start of the 2013 campaign has gone.
The former England half-back admits that’s going to be his biggest regret since it was announced in late May he’d be moving on.
But he doesn’t intend that to take the gloss off what he feels has been a fantastic stay in West Yorkshire.
“My time at Huddersfield has been absolutely fantastic, and I’ve never regretted coming here for one second,” said Brown, who took in his first ‘live’ Giants game since his departure at Warrington last weekend.
“Having said that, I do now have one regret, and that’s not being there on the pitch for the final home game of the season against Leeds on Sunday.
“I’d have loved to have led out the team at the stadium and then been able to say ‘see you later’ to the fans who have been great to me from day one. That would have been the moment for me to thank them all.
“But that’s not going to be the case, and that’s hard to take. Not that I hold it against the club for one second, though.
“I fully understood Baloo’s (coach Paul Anderson) reasons for allowing me to leave the Giants early when he took over.
“It meant Huddersfield could start to plan and progress for next season, while at the same time allow me to undergo ankle surgery so I’ll be fully fit to start my time at Widnes.
“As a result, I’ve got no hard feelings whatsoever towards anyone at Huddersfield. I still want them to continue to grow and grow as a Super League club.
“As I said, the only downside is the fact it means I won’t be there on Sunday.”
But even though Brown won’t be at the game, he is desperate for the Giants to finish their home campaign in style.
“It’s been a tough few months and I know how much the boys have been hurting,” he added.
“I’m still in regular contact with a lot of them and speak to them after games, so I know how hard the defeats have been hitting them.
“But I still see no reason at all why they can’t finish the year on a positive note. I’d love to see them beat Leeds on Sunday and then have a really go in the play-offs.
“I take a lot of pride in that, because I know I’d played a part in that success.
“And I’m also proud of the way the Giants have progressed in the time I was at the club.
“We’re now competing in the play-offs regularly and reaching Cup finals and semi-finals and, even though the last few months have been tough, I’m sure they’ll continue under Baloo.”