Tom Briscoe is set for his testimonial game this weekend against former side Hull FC.
But the move to Leeds Rhinos may never have come about if the winger’s move to the NRL had never fallen through at the end of the 2013 Super League season.
In the prime of his career, Briscoe was planning to leave East Yorkshire for Australia, but the move never came about
“I’d made the decision to leave Hull but I was planning to go to Australia and that fell through,” Briscoe said.
“Hull had pulled the deal away and they wanted to move on, so when the opportunity to Leeds came up and after what they’d achieved the previous years it was quite an easy decision.
“I’d agreed a contract with Cronulla Sharks and stuff came out with the drugs thing at the club, but no one could give me a strong enough answer to justify going over there.
“The club, credit to them, they said it was up to me and to look elsewhere.
“Obviously moving to the other side of the world on the back of the unknown was a big risk but there are no regrets in moving to Leeds.”
His time at Leeds has been rather fruitful, winning three Challenge Cup Finals and two Super League Grand Finals, and Briscoe wouldn’t have changed anything.
“I couldn’t have dreamed of coming to Leeds and achieving what I have done here.
“It’s been great and it was a great time to come in 2014 at the back end of the golden generation.
“It’s been a crazy nine or ten years on and off the field so it’s been a crazy journey.
“My highlight was the 2015 season, we won the treble, getting the five tries at the final at Wembley and I don’t think I’ll beat that!”