Former Wakefield Trinity and England half-back Jamie Rooney has returned to the club having signed for the physical disability rugby league (PDRL) team at the Mobile Rocket Stadium.
Rooney, 38, made 150 appearances and scored over 900 points for Wakefield and his son Brennan has cerebral palsy.
Many fund-raising events took place during Rooney’s time at the club to support Brennan’s care and that was a key factor in his decision to join the Trinity team as an able-bodied player. Rooney said: “The support locally for Brennan was outstanding and having a son who is severely disabled, I know the struggles.
“To be given the chance for people with disabilities to play the sport with their own set of rules is amazing. It’s inspirational and something I’m looking forward to watch grow and maybe Brennan will pull on the famous Trinity shirt one day just like his dad.”
Two able-bodied players can take to the field at any one time with a clear directive to help the game flow. They cannot score tries or kick in play and must not run more than ten metres but can compete in a full contact environment against disabled athletes who are cleared to play.
The first open session takes place on Saturday, March 3 at the Mobile Rocket Stadium, from 9am. For more information or to get involved email firstname.lastname@example.org