Influential stand-off Simon Brown has re-signed for Hunslet.
The 31-year-old made a big impression in the truncated 2020 Betfred League 1 campaign after having returned to the South Leeds Stadium from Dewsbury Rams, and is keen to carry on where he and the rest of the side left off.
“It’s a bit of a shame that the season was brought short,” he said. “We’d a good season in store but the coronavirus put a stop to it.
He added: “What had become clear to me was that Gary Thornton had got a great group of players together, on and off the field. We all get on very well together, which is almost unheard of.
“GT is retaining most of those players, and he’s working on bringing in some new ones, who will gel with the side.
“Meanwhile I’ve been very impressed by the way the club is being run. It’s a very professional operation. We’ve a superb chairman in Kenny Sykes; he and his board are on top of everything in a very difficult situation for all sports, and have looked after the players.
“I was delighted to re-sign. And I’m looking forward to continuing to play alongside Dom Brambani at halfback; we go back a long way from our days at Sheffield and complement each other.”
Thornton said: “Getting Browney on board and linking up with Dom again was another important factor in keeping some continuity in the squad, and retaining the quality from last year.
“The value Simon adds to the team and the group will go mostly unseen by the majority of spectators, but anyone who has played the game will tell you the importance of a dominant halfback pairing who can run the game plan and make good decisions on the field.”
He continued: “Simon has a top class kicking game and a great tactical brain, and his contributions off the field are as big a factor as his contributions on it.
“He is an influential figure in the changing room, and contributes so much to improving the team. He understands the game and how we want to play it, and his partnership with Dom will be a huge factor in next season’s campaign.”