BRIGHOUSE Town’s recent capture Danny Naidole has chosen the round ball rather than the oval despite coming from a rugby league family.
His late grandad, Tom Naidole snr, was a rugby union star back home in Fiji, who then switched codes and made his mark with Huddersfield RLFC in the sixties and then saw his sons, Tom jnr and Joe, also make their mark in the game.
However, their sister Laniyana has produced a very talented footballer in Danny, who has played rugby league at Royds Hall School in Huddersfield but says he prefers football for his sporting diet.
His grandad was a revered sportsman in Fiji and highly thought of by all at Huddersfield and once led Fiji out at Twickenham.
Danny, 20, came to Town from Ossett Albion after starting his junior football with Linthwaite and then moving to consistently good West Riding Premier League club Bay Athletic.
“I opted to come and sign for Brighouse when some of my mates were joining up after ‘Quinnie’ (Paul Quinn) had taken over as manager,” he said.
“I am enjoying my football and want to be a part of helping the club push for promotion.”
He has until recently been employed by a grant-aided scheme designed to coach football to boys who have stepped out of line, but this has now run out and he is looking to be actively engaged elsewhere.
As yet he has not travelled to Fiji to see the country where his grandad and relatives grew up and he keeps in touch with his aunt Meri Dani in Rochdale and his aunt Lita, who has been living in Dubai but is now touring the world.
“I would love to go to Fiji and the South Sea Islands one day to see for myself what does look an idyllic place.
“Meantime, I am going to enjoy my football with Town and aim to better myself in the game of my choice,” he said.