Qualifiers: Current role ‘weird’ for Halifax hooker Kaye

Halifax hooker Ben Kaye. PIC: Paul Butterfield
Halifax hooker Ben Kaye. PIC: Paul Butterfield
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FORMER LEEDS Rhinos hooker Ben Kaye has gone from scoring on debut in front of Headingley’s famous South Stand to helping pull it down.

Kaye, who now plays for Kingstone Press Championship side Halifax, touched down against Harlequins in a 48-0 win at Headingley which was the first of five appearances for Leeds in 2008.

Hull KR forward, Nick Scruton. PIC: Simon Hulme

Hull KR forward, Nick Scruton. PIC: Simon Hulme

He has been back at the club this week in his job as a self-employed electrician beginning preparations for the South Stand demolition which will take place after next Friday’s Super-8s clash with St Helens.

“It’s a bit weird, I used to play on it and now I am working on it,” Kaye, 28, said.

“I was a big fan and then I played there and I’ve always been in awe of the Leeds ground and field.”

Kaye – a product of the Churwell Chiefs club – admitted he wishes more had come of his full-time career.

He played for Harlequins and Featherstone Rovers after Leeds and reflected: “I have quite a few regrets, moving to London is a big regret and how I left Leeds is another massive one, but going back is nice.

“It brings memories back and motivates me to play better for Halifax at the same time.

“I’ve seen a few of the players and it has been good to say ‘hello’.”

There is a chance Kaye could be playing at Headingley again next year if Halifax win promotion through the Qualifiers.

They play host to Widnes Vikings on Sunday and he said: “We’ve targeted the million pound game.

“Our goal is to take a Super League scalp and Widnes is the one we want to take.”

Halifax were within seven minutes of a shock victory at Hull KR last week, but Kaye’s former team-mate Nick Scruton broke their hearts with a late try for the Championship league leaders.

“It was a bit disappointing, especially as I go out with Nick Scruton’s sister, Lindsay,” Kaye said.

“I’ve not spoken to him since the game! I am a bit of a sore loser.”

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