Debut: v Crusaders 29/01/10
Australian Brett Delaney is now in his seventh season at Headingley Carnegie and has continued to improve year on year and is now one of the most successful overseas signings in the club’s history.
Originally signed as a centre he has made his home in the pack and has won three Grand Finals, a League Leaders Shield and two Challenge Cups
He made a solid start to his Leeds Rhinos career in 2010 and firmly established his place in the starting line-up, making 30 appearances over the campaign. He made a try scoring debut against Crusaders and went onto appear in the Carnegie Challenge Cup Final and World Club Challenge.
In his second game he grabbed another try against Castleford but suffered a knee injury in that fixture that ruled him out for the next two games. He returned to form a formidable centre partnership with Keith Senior and showed his attacking flair, notching up a total of 10 tries over the year. Last season also marked his 100th game of his career when he played in the away win against Warrington.
During the 2011 season Brett switched to the second row, a role he fit into naturally and he made a telling contribution to the side as they collected the Super League title.
In 2012 he was an almost ever present and appeared in the Challenge Cup Final and won a World Club Challenge winners medal and his second Grand Final.
He was also the top tackler and marker tackler for the Rhinos last year and was overall fifth in the total Opta Index for Leeds. He scored five tries last season and was famously denied a try in the Challenge Cup Final just after half time against Warrington
He was a regular in the side in 2014 and won his first Challenge Cup with victory over Castleford. A year later he made 26 appearances over the treble winning campaign and registered a try in the Challenge Cup Final win against Hull KR.
The Australian born player started out his career with NRL side Parramatta Eels and he made his first grade debut against St George Illawarra in 2005 and made an instant impression by marking his arrival with a try.
He made 18 appearances for the Eels, where he scored three tries before leaving the club in 2007 to join the newly formed side Gold Coast Titans for their debut NRL season in 2007, where he played alongside former Leeds player Richard Mathers.
In his final season at the Titans he was an almost ever present and helped them to their first ever play-off position, although he missed out on being part of their final bid for the Grand Final as he suffered an injury at the end of the season.
During his time with Gold Coast Titans he appeared in the Prime Minister’s XIII against Papua New Guinea as a replacement in their dramatic 24-all draw
In 2008 Brett was selected to play for NSW City in the City v Country game, where he came up against former Rhinos team mate Danny Buderus who was captaining the country team.
Brett says being a rugby player is the best job in the world although the worst thing about it is pre-season training. If he could make one change to improve the game it would be that he could referee it!