Akroyd leaves Brods to rejoin Cleckheaton

Old Brodleians have been rocked with the news that their former captain Oliver Akroyd has returned to former club Cleckheaton.

Akroyd, 34, returned to Woodhead after the heady National League professional days at Moor End of the John Bentley era.

He was instrumental in helping Brods enjoy two promotions and then some stability in North East One.

Chairman Richard Turner said: “Oliver wanted to remain playing at a higher level, hence his return to Cleck. We wish him well and he is always welcome here.”

For Saturday’s first of two pre-season friendlies, Selby being the visitors (3.0), Brods are light in the pack owing to the holiday period but have plenty of backs.

“Skipper Luke Scrimshaw could be back but Jamie McLaughlin won’t be, although I feel we could see more of Stevie Shaw in the pack this term,” revealed the chairman.

“There is plenty of pace in the backs and Ian Mallard at scrum-half will link up with fly-half Danny Wood.

“Danny Melia will also get a run out and Jack DD Martin has come back fit after being plagued with injuries last term.

“We are also looking at welcoming back powerful centres Andy Clay and Johnny Hotham and looking at Michael Briggs on the wing.

“Unfortunately we will not see our player of the season last term, Rob Jennings, until maybe after Christmas as he is still troubled with a knee injury.

“He is a real game buster and that is not good news but on Saturday some 26 players in total could get a run out.

“We then go to Rochdale the week after before commencing in Yorkshire One on Saturday, September 1 at Dinnington and playing our first home game a week later against North Ribblesdale.”