NCL Division One side Shaw Cross Sharks have re-signed former Super League champion, Lee Gilmour.
Gilmour is one of Rugby League’s most decorated players with three Super League titles, five Challenge Cups and two World Club Challenges to his name.
He began his career at Shaw Cross and is a club Hall of Fame member.
Gilmour represented St. Helens, Wigan Warriors, Huddersfield Giants, Bradford Bulls, Castleford Tigers and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in a 17-year professional career.
He is now Assistant Coach at Wakefield, where he has helped guide them to a top eight finish in First Utility Super League, as well as a Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-final in 2016.
Dewsbury-born Gilmour, who also earned 15 caps for Great Britain during a seven-year spell, comes in to help the Sharks as they battle relegation from the NCL’s second tier.
Gilmour told the club’s official website: “I said I’d always play a few games for Cross once I had retired.
“My good friend Andy Burland said he was returning to play so I thought the timing was right. There’s also a few lads I coached that I wanted to have a run out with.
“This is a bit of fun for me, to play alongside some friends, which is why I started playing, and to play my final games for the club where it started for me.”
It has been a difficult season for Sharks who sit third-bottom of the division, three points from safety, but Head Coach Brett Turner is full of optimism after the addition of the 38-year-old.
He said: “It is fantastic to have someone like Lee in the team.
“He coached some of these lads when they were youth players and it will be good for them to get the chance to play alongside him. For some of these lads it’s a dream to be able to play with someone like Lee.
“When it comes to Rugby League, he is one of the sport’s most successful players.”
Turner will be hoping Gilmour’s experience will help towards lifting his side out of the relegation places as they move towards the business end of the campaign.
Shaw Cross Sharks are one of the country’s leading community Rugby League clubs, hosting 14 teams from under 8s, through to under 17s and three Open Age sides.
They have also launched a Masters (over 35s) team, alongside under 14s and 16s Girls teams.
They are currently of the lookout for new players at all levels. For more information, visit shawxsharks.com.
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