When Danny Brough retired from playing rugby league at the end of October, it ended the career of one of the sport’s greatest ever characters.
Brough retired as the joint-fifth highest points scorer in the history of Rugby League and has enjoyed an illustrious career spanning 19 years.
The halfback’s career began with Dewsbury Rams before a two-year stint with York City Knights where his performances earned him a move to Betfred Super League side Hull FC in 2005.
In his debut season for the Black and Whites, Brough was instrumental in helping the club lift the Challenge Cup for the first time since 1982 with his drop goal proving the difference in the 25-24 victory over Leeds at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
Brough would go on to enjoy spells with Castleford Tigers and Wakefield Trinity between 2007 and 2010 before making the move to Huddersfield Giants for whom he would represent for nine seasons.
At the end of the 2013 season, Huddersfield lifted the League Leaders’ Shield and Brough was named as the Steve Prescott Man of Steel for his performances in the Claret and Gold. He would return to Wakefield Trinity for two seasons before finishing his career in the Betfred Championship with Bradford Bulls.
On the International stage, Brough represented Scotland on 24 occasions including helping the Bravehearts earn a memorable 18-18 draw against New Zealand at Workington in the 2016 Four Nations.
When asked by Serious About Rugby League about his next move, Brough was coy, but wasn’t too keen on the idea of going into professional coaching, but he has taken an amateur coaching role: “I probably won’t go into coaching,” Brough said.
“I’ve not had any offers or anything to do with the game, and at the moment I’m just coaching Emley Moor open age.”
It’s perhaps remarkable that the 38-year-old has not been offered a role in the professional game, but at least he is enjoying his time out of the game.