Lee Briers - a Saint still running with the Wolves

Not too many players, who started a professional Rugby League career with their hometown club, have moved on and achieved almost as much success elsewhere.

Monday, 15th March 2021, 1:32 pm
Updated Monday, 15th March 2021, 1:34 pm
Lee Briers in his Saints days

The legendary Alex Murphy is one who springs immediately to mind - skippering St Helens, Leigh and Warrington to Wembley victories in the 1960s and 1970s.

So, too, did Gary Connolly and Andy Platt who transferred their loyalty from St Helens to Wigan and enjoyed unrivalled success.

Lee Briers also falls into a similar category - a highly talented half back who looked to have the world at his feet when making his Saints' debut as an 18-year-old in 1997 during the absence of suspended skipper Bobbie Goulding.

He made half a dozen appearances in the red vee shirt, including a 50-20 Challenge Cup semi-final triumph over Salford, in which he helped mastermind victory, thanks to six goals and hat-tricks from team-mates Anthony Sullivan and Alan Hunte to reach the 1997 Challenge Cup Final. but dropped following the return of Goulding to the starting line-up.

It was a devastating body blow for the local lad, who had his heart set on a first Wembley Final which, incidentally, Saints won at the expense of Bradford Bulls for the second year in succession, but he put the matter to the back of his mind and moved on to neighbours Warrington for a £65,000 fee.

How difficult it was to initially leave Knowsley Road, which was a mere stone's throw from where he was brought up, only he knows but the Great Britain and Wales international's record since speaks for itself.

A Challenge Cup winner in 2009, 2010 and 20012 and now a member of the backroom staff at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, where he helped the Wire topple his hometown club at Wembley in 2019, the 42-year-old could be in line for the top job when Aussie head coach Steve Price returns home at the end of this season.

Lee Briers - a Challenge Cup winner with Warrington

It would be the pinnacle of his career, which started at such a low ebb and also included the sad death of his devoted brother, Brian, but life eventually turned into a bed of roses when he transferred his loyalties a few miles down the road to Warrington.

The club has hinted that he could be one of the candidates if interested in the job. We'll just have to wait and see.