FORMER Leeds and Dewsbury half-back Paul Delaney was probably the proudest man in the Tetley’s Stadium on Friday night when his 19-year old son Bradley made his first team debut for the Rams in their Challenge Cup tie with Warrington Wolves.
Paul finished his playing career at Dewsbury Moor, where he kept a watchful eye on young Brad through all the junior age groups as coach of the Moor teams, and it was with huge satisfaction that he saw his junior kick three goals in the Warrington game to claim six of his side’s points in the 52-10 defeat.
Brad joined the Rams from Halifax, and has been ever-present in the reserves side and has already represented Ikram Butt’s Pakistan team against the United Arab Emirates in Dubai.
However the enthusiasm in the Delaney household for his Dewsbury debut was dampened a little by the rugby league media getting his name wrong.
Even the BBC appeared to mix him up with his cousin James – who is currently out injured.
“Confidence is so important for a young lad,” said Paul, “There is nothing worse than making your debut and finding out people can’t get your name right.”