Lee Briers has tasted semi final football on four occasions now, with all – even his solo victory – ultimately ending in bitter disappointment.
Just how much his subsequent career was impacted by the crushing disappointment of being shouldered aside by Bobbie Goulding after steering his hometown club to the 1997 Wembley showpiece final will probably only ever be know by Mr and possibly Mrs Briers; the rest of us can only speculate.
The 18 year old Briers stepped in after the impetuous Goulding was banned for throwing a punch in Saints defeat of Wigan. His performances in the first team earned him kudos all around with many calling for him to permanently replace Goulding.
In the event, Goulding returned to kick the Bradford Bulls to death in the final and the bad blood eventually saw Briers leave to join Warrington.
A bridesmaid ever since Briers desperately longs to cap his career with a Wembley win. Now he stands on the threshold again having won over sceptical new Wolves coach, Tony Smith, to earn a starting half back role against Wigan.
Victory at Widnes’s Halton Stadium would give him the Wembley stage, how much sweeter that might be he were to face the Saints. It would be a career come full circle and a chance for real closure.
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