DANNY BROUGH is regarded as one of the most creative attacking players in the British game.
The 27-year-old Dewsbury-born half-back began his career as part of the highly-successful Wakefield Trinity Academy set-up and since then has gone on to become one of Super League’s top performers.
He shot to fame in 2005 when he landed four goals and a drop goal in Hull FC’s 2005 Challenge Cup final triumph over Leeds Rhinos at the Millennium Stadium, with many claiming he was unlucky not to win the Lance Todd Trophy man-of-the-match award.
Brough then moved to Castleford Tigers and helped them gain promotion back into Super League in 2007, having lowered his wages to play in the National League competition.
He subsequently won the man-of-the-match award in the National League Grand Final, which guaranteed Castleford’s promotion, but chose to leave the club to re-join Wakefield in 2008.
The first time he played for the Wildcats against the Tigers was in March that year when Brough scored his first try of the season. He continued to haunt his old club this time at The Jungle when he scored his second try of the season and also scored nine goals against them at Millennium Stadium in their Magic Weekend clash.
Brough went on to win the Albert Goldthorpe Medal for his outstanding attacking ability throughout the 2008 season, topping the Super League charts for the highest number of attacking kicks during that campaign.
Speculation first linking Brough to the Giants materialised during the Magic Weekend of May 2009.
But that came to nothing, and he finished the season as the Wildcat coaches’ Player of the Year after scoring nine tries, 69 goals and four drop goals from his 20 appearances.
As well as playing for Wakefield, he was also a key member of Scotland’s 2008 World Cup squad and, with many believing he would have already played for England by now had he tied his colours to that national mast instead.
Full name: Daniel Brough.
Date of Birth: January 15, 1983 (age 27).
Place of Birth: Dewsbury, West Yorkshire.
Height: 5ft 3 in (1.60m).
Weight: 12st 0lb (76 kg).
Position: Scrum half, stand-off, hooker.
Previous clubs: Hull (2005-2006), Castleford Tigers (2006-2007), Wakefield Trinity Wildcats (2008-2010). He has also had loan spells and Dewsbury and York.
Representative honours: Scotland (2004-2008).