SHEFFIELD Eagles top points scorer for the last two seasons Simon Brown is set to join Championship rivals York City Knights.
The goal-kicking half-back will leave the Eagles at the end of next month when his contract runs out.
It’s a shock move with the Eagles gearing up for the Grand Final play-offs. Since moving to the club from Doncaster late in the 2010 season, Brown has scored 404 points.
Coach Mark Aston said: “Simon has made his decision that it’s time to move on and he goes with all our blessings. I believe he’s going to York – we’re not planning to offer him a contract.”
Brown added: “I want to concentrate on this season, there’s a big final run in and I’m close to all the players and coaches at the Eagles and it’s been a tough decision.”
The signing of Dominic Brambani at the start of this season prompted hopes of a ‘dream’ partnership at half-back. But Brown was left out of the team twice this season – the last time for the draw with Featherstone when Dane McDonald took the number six shirt.
Aston added; “Some people might have thought I was crazy and unsettling the team by leaving Simon out. We lost Simon’s kicking game but Dane gave us a running game.”
McDonald looks set to keep his place for the final league game of the season at Dewsbury Rams on Sunday.