A SADDLEWORTH-BASED rugby league player is set to ask Super League if they can provide him with a replacement title winner’s ring after his was stolen from his home.
Mark Flanagan, pictured left, was on holiday in Spain with wife Sophie and baby son Freddie when thieves raided his Scouthead property.
Two cars were taken, leaving the Salford Red Devils player in great difficulty getting to and from pre-season training.
But it is the theft of the ring he was given for being part of St Helens’ Super League-winning team in 2014 that is causing most misery.
Flanagan, who also co-owns the Pot Kettle Black chain of coffee shops, which is opening its third branch in Manchester city centre early next year, believes he will never be reunited with the original, believing the offence is not the work of opportunist thieves.
So now the 31-year-old, who plays in the loose forward position, is ready to ask competition bosses if they can give him a replacement to fill the void.
Flanagan’s shirt from the 2014 Grand Final, in which St Helens defeated Wigan Warriors, is proudly on display on the wall of the clubhouse of Saddleworth Rangers ARLFC in Greenfield.
It has added significance as the building is named after his father, Terry.
Flanagan’s teammates have returned for pre-season training ahead of the 2020 campaign as Salford look to build on reaching this year’s Grand Final.
And he can expect to be left in the cold, as there are plans to hold a session at the Beyond Manchester indoor ski slope that lies close to Salford’s AJ Bell Stadium.
Trainer Greg Brown said: “We’ll probably get them running up and down the slope in a training session as we look to include different things in training.
“Maybe after then the players can start throwing snowballs.”