As ROTHERHAM Titans reported back for pre-season training this week, there was one familiar face among the 20 new signings made by coach Andre Bester.
Winger or centre Lee Blackett, 29, is back at Clifton Lane after six years playing for Leeds for whom he made almost 60 appearances in the Premiership between 2006 and 2011.
Blackett, a former Sheffield Hallam University student, had earlier begun his professional career at Rotherham where in four seasons he played 50 games.
He established himself in the Rotherham side during the 2004-05 season.
During his first spell as coach, Bester recognised Blackett’s potential, making him club captain at the early age of 23 before Blackett moved to Leeds.
“I’m really happy to be back at Rotherham. I have a massive fondness for the club and when I left, I said I would come back,” said Blackett who still holds the record for scoring the fastest try in the Premiership, scored in 8.2 seconds at Headingley against Newcastle in March 2008.
“I am really impressed with the quality of the squad Andre [Bester] has recruited and I am quietly confident that we can finish in the top four of the Championship so we can qualify for the promotion play-offs. I am sure this is the best squad Rotherham have had in recent seasons. The size and the strength of some of the players is unbelievable.
“Andre has a first team squad of 30 and at the moment there are also 10 players on trial and I like the quality of those as well.
“If Rotherham can reach their full potential, we can join the likes of Newcastle, Bristol and Bedford at the top of the Championship.”