KEVIN BROWN admits this season’s first meeting with Super League champions Wigan will be extra special.
Not only is the March 20 Galpharm showdown the chance to lock horns against his former club again, but it may also see him go head-to-head with his brother-in-law for the first time in three seasons.
Gareth Hock’s two-year drugs ban for taking cocaine comes to an end in the week leading up to the Giants’ clash.
And with Brown married to Hock’s sister, Kirsty, the Huddersfield captain would love to see the former Great Britain back-rower in action.
“I’m delighted he can once again cause havoc on defences and referees!” quipped Brown, whose brother-in-law has also had a number of scrapes with match officials .
“Gaz has been training hard on his own, and it won’t take him too long to re-discover the form that made him a Test player.
“It’s not been lost on either of us that his return could come in the Huddersfield game. It’s possible Wigan might want to give him a run in the reserves first to get him back up to match speed, but if he could face us in Super League it would be fantastic.”
If that were to be the case, it would clearly mean Kirsty would have divided loyalties – although Brown himself is not 100% sure.
“Knowing Kirsty, she’ll probably tell him to try and whack me even harder!” added Brown.
“It’s always good fun going up against Wigan because, besides Gaz, one or two of my other old Wigan mates will be after me as well.
“I don’t know why, but you do always seem to be hit a bit harder when you face your mates, however close that friendship may be.
“And in the case of Gaz, that’s very close, which is why I was lucky enough to end up marrying Kirsty.
“When we were coming up through the ranks at Wigan I used to go round to Gaz’s house all the time, and Kirsty would obviously be there.
“We have now been together for a number of years and married for the past two. But that will count for nothing if Gaz bumps into me on the field this season!”