FORMER Keighley and Bradford Northern player Bryan Todd has died in Australia aged 80.

Todd, who also represented York, Halifax, St Helens and Huddersfield and played twice for Yorkshire, was one of many players brought to Odsal for their reformation season of 1964-65.

The strong-running centre, who was also an adept defender, played 13 games in that campaign, scoring two tries and kicking five goals, and also made four appearances for Northern in 1969-70, adding another try.

Todd also had two spells at Keighley.

In 1960-64, he made 104 appearances, scoring 28 tries and kicking seven goals, and he returned to Lawkholme Lane in 1968 for a further three games, landing four goals.

He then emigrated to Australia, initially playing and coaching in the far north of Queensland before moving to Western Australia to coach a local team.

Bryan then became head coach at Port Kembla, but was living in Aberglasslyn in the Hunter Valley – near Maitland, New South Wales – at the time of his death.

For St Helens, Todd played 17 times between February and May 1964, scoring five tries and kicking seven goals.

Winger Peter Harvey, who played in the same Saints team as Todd, said: “Bryan was a big, rough centre and could run.

"He played against us earlier in the 1963-64 season and made a big impression, which was one reason why he was signed.

"Bryan was a different player to the centres we had at the time, namely Cen Williams and Keith Northey, and certainly gave coach Stan McCormick greater scope for the backs.

"He was a nice bloke too, who did the job he was signed for.”

Bryan's father Peter played eight times for Yorkshire and three times for England and also represented Halifax and Huddersfield.