SP SINGH looks set to lead Holmfirth’s hopes in the Drakes League Premiership next season.
The Indian all-rounder, who won the League’s Jack Gledhill Trophy in 2010, has played for Shepley for the past four seasons, helping them to Heavy Woollen and Romida Sykes Cup success.
But he indicated he was looking for a fresh challenge at the end of the 2012 season and, although no transfer requests have yet been arranged, the signs are that Singh will be returning to the Holme Valley in 2013.
He last played in the ‘Valley’ in 2007-08 when he was a member of the Thongsbridge side, having originally come to the UK to play for Almondbury in 2004, where he spent three seasons.
“SP had already told me he was always going to move on at the end of last season,” said Shepley chairman David Hall.
“Although we didn’t know exactly where he was going at the time, he has since confided to me that he is looking to move to Holmfirth.”
Singh has been one of the Drakes League’s leading all-rounders for several years, scoring more than 1,100 runs in 2011 – 12 months after winning the League’s all-rounder of the year prize – while last year he made 819 runs (ave 43.11) as well as claiming 50 wickets in the League and Romida Sykes Cup.
The suggestion is that with last year’s skipper Robert Denton likely to step down into the Seconds at Holmfirth, Singh is set to take over the captaincy as the Bridge Fold side return to the top flight, having finished as runners-up to Barkisland in the Frank Platt Championship last summer.
Holmfirth were last in the Premiership in 2010, when they were relegated after finishing bottom of the table.