Former Leeds Rhinos star takes shock Director of Rugby role

Brett Delaney spent nine years at Headingley as a Leeds Rhinos player, registering over 200 appearances and becoming a firm fans’ favourite in West Yorkshire.

Beginning his career at the Parramatta Eels in 2005, Delaney made the switch to the Gold Coast Titans in 2007 before relocating to the UK ahead of the 2010 season.

Let’s face it, it was a match made in heaven.

Delaney won four Grand Finals and two Challenge Cups in his time at Headingley, impressing with his great work ethic and superb defensive capabilities, whilst also contributing to a brilliant culture inside and outside the Rhinos’ dressing room.

The Australian ended up retiring in 2019 after a move to Featherstone Rovers due to a severe eye injury, but he will forever be remembered by the Leeds faithful.

After taking a position as assistant coach at the York City Knights, Delaney has now taken on the role of Director of Rugby at local York side the New Earswick All Blacks.

NEAB Chairman Jack Stearman said of the appointment” “It is amazing to have someone of Brett’s stature wanting to come to the club to help us improve and grow.

“We are in the process of putting together new ideas and strategies and Brett will add a whole wealth of experience to help develop these ideas and take NEAB forward.

“We are really excited that Brett is working with us and looking forward to what the future holds.”

Delaney said: “Obviously speaking with Jack, the Chairman, and having a few conversations back and forward, I truly believe I can have an impact on growing and expanding the New Earswick All Blacks.

“Community clubs are the heartbeat of the local area and with Rugby League we can truly make a difference to the surrounding area.

“I can’t wait to meet everyone and if you see me around please come and introduce yourself and say hello. I am really excited to become part of this journey that the club is taking.”

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