Halifax Strengthen Squad ahead of new season

HALIFAX have brought in two new players to the club, the first is forward Dan Fleming from Toronto Wolfpack, the second player is full-back Kian Morgan who has been signed on a permanent deal after impressing on a trial period.

Fleming a Welsh international has joined the Shay Stadium club from transatlantic side Toronto on a deal that will run until 2020. Fleming made 15 appearances for the Wolfpack last year, and has played six times for Wales scoring two tries.

He said on joining Halifax: “It’s massive for me coming home back to Halifax, I grew up across the road from Thrum Hall and I now live five minutes away from the ground so it’s great to come back to my hometown. My brother and I have been Halifax fans all of our lives, even when I played elsewhere, I always got down to watch the team when we had days off so to represent my hometown club is massive.

“I spent some time at Castleford, Bradford and then Toronto last year and it’s been a good experience. But I’m hoping to kick on now down at Halifax. The club has shown what they can do off the field and obviously on field as well, making the Qualifiers last year beating Hull KR in that final home game so I’m excited to get started and look forward to learning from Richard Marshall.”

On bringing in his new player head coach Richard Marshall commented: “We needed some experience in the front row and Dan is a proven super league player. He’s durable, he’s robust, he’s big and he’s going to offer us quite a lot of impact. I’m looking forward to working with him, I’ve monitored his career over the last 2/3 years, he’s always been on our radar and he’s a Halifax lad which is the icing on the cake really.

“The club has acted quickly in securing Dan on a 2-year contract and we wouldn’t have brought him in if we didn’t think he could improve us, we need some experience around this young team. We’d like to thank Laurence Turner of Investing For Tomorrow for his significant financial support which, alongside our elevated season ticket sales, has helped us to get this deal over the line.

“I must also thank Paul Rowley and Martin Vickers at Toronto for agreeing to release him and his agent Dave Peet for making sure this move got finalised. I think it’s a great amicable fit for both clubs.”

Morgan a 17 year old full back has been on trial with the club and has impressed so much so that the head coach Marshall has decided to offer the young talent a permanent deal.

Marshall said of Morgan’s arrival to the club: “He’s come into our environment for the opportunity to play rugby. He’s been in and around the first team for the last 3 weeks and he’s clearly got some ability, there were a few clubs sniffing around so we acted and offered him a contract.

“Physically, he’s not developed enough yet but he’s got some skills and attributes, he’s got good agility, pace, he’s tough and he reads the game well at Full Back. There are still some things that he needs to improve but he’ll get that chance here.

“He’ll play in our reserve grade initially and we’d like to help him develop his potential and progress through our ranks. They’ve all got to start somewhere and again, it’s testament to the work Martin and Steve (Greenwood) do with the reserve grade, along with the backing of our sponsors and Supporters Trust, the fact that we run a reserve grade means we are approached.”

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