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3 Welsh lads sign 1st team contracts at Halifax Rlfc

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Halifax RLFC are pleased to announce that Sion Jones along with twins Connor and Curtis Davies have signed first team contracts with the club having successfully come through our reserve grade set up. 

The young trio, who all hail from South Wales, have spent pre-season training with Richard Marshall’s first team squad and the Fax coach is happy to have secured their services for 2018. 

Speaking earlier today, Marshall said: “We’ve promoted them up off the back of their efforts and their performances in the reserve grade last year. All three are over at Leeds Beckett University, where they also play Student Rugby League and have represented Wales at that level so we acted quickly on these lads. They came through the system at South Wales Scorpions and we were alerted to their potential via our link with the club. They have impressed us during pre-season and we wanted to tie them up to contracts.”

And the head coach is looking forward to helping the youngsters evolve their games. 
“There’s still a little bit of work to do of all three of them,” said Marshall. “Sion is a front rower. He looks the part and we’re looking forward to seeing him develop. Curtis and Connor are two twins – Curtis is a hooker and Connor is a middle or loose forward. 
We think they’ll offer us some competition for places and hope they’ll forge their way into the first team this year”.

“They are still young but they’re starting to look like rugby players now. Their bodies are thickening up in the right areas, skill-wise they’re improving, and they’re learning our systems, our calls, and the way we like to play the game. They’re nice lads, they’re fully engaged, they’re really keen to learn and when you’ve got that attitude, you give yourself a chance. We’ve given them an opportunity and it’s down to them now to take it. They’ve probably not been in a rugby league environment as long as they would have liked and that’s why they’re maybe slightly behind with their development. But that’s why we’re here and that’s what we try and do, we try and develop the players."

And Fax Fans could get their first glimpses of the trio in action during the upcoming friendlies. 

“They’ll be playing in the pre-season games. We’ve got a few players returning from injuries but also, these lads deserve a chance. We need to have a look at them to see if they are the real deal and I’m looking forward to seeing them perform well. Certainly, all three will feature on boxing day and we look forward to seeing how they fare over the next few weeks."

And the Fax boss also confirmed the three won't be the last reserves to make the step up. "There'll be more to come in terms of reserves stepping up to the first team. These will be announced in due course. 
We believe in promoting from within and developing our own players and we will continue to work hard to achieve this."

 

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Halifax RLFC are pleased to announce that Sion Jones along with twins Connor and Curtis Davies have signed first team contracts with the club having successfully come through our reserve grade set up. 

The young trio, who all hail from South Wales, have spent pre-season training with Richard Marshall’s first team squad and the Fax coach is happy to have secured their services for 2018. 

Speaking earlier today, Marshall said: “We’ve promoted them up off the back of their efforts and their performances in the reserve grade last year. All three are over at Leeds Beckett University, where they also play Student Rugby League and have represented Wales at that level so we acted quickly on these lads. They came through the system at South Wales Scorpions and we were alerted to their potential via our link with the club. They have impressed us during pre-season and we wanted to tie them up to contracts.”

And the head coach is looking forward to helping the youngsters evolve their games. 
“There’s still a little bit of work to do of all three of them,” said Marshall. “Sion is a front rower. He looks the part and we’re looking forward to seeing him develop. Curtis and Connor are two twins – Curtis is a hooker and Connor is a middle or loose forward. 
We think they’ll offer us some competition for places and hope they’ll forge their way into the first team this year”.

“They are still young but they’re starting to look like rugby players now. Their bodies are thickening up in the right areas, skill-wise they’re improving, and they’re learning our systems, our calls, and the way we like to play the game. They’re nice lads, they’re fully engaged, they’re really keen to learn and when you’ve got that attitude, you give yourself a chance. We’ve given them an opportunity and it’s down to them now to take it. They’ve probably not been in a rugby league environment as long as they would have liked and that’s why they’re maybe slightly behind with their development. But that’s why we’re here and that’s what we try and do, we try and develop the players."

And Fax Fans could get their first glimpses of the trio in action during the upcoming friendlies. 

“They’ll be playing in the pre-season games. We’ve got a few players returning from injuries but also, these lads deserve a chance. We need to have a look at them to see if they are the real deal and I’m looking forward to seeing them perform well. Certainly, all three will feature on boxing day and we look forward to seeing how they fare over the next few weeks."

And the Fax boss also confirmed the three won't be the last reserves to make the step up. "There'll be more to come in terms of reserves stepping up to the first team. These will be announced in due course. 
We believe in promoting from within and developing our own players and we will continue to work hard to achieve this."

 

Great news and I genuinely think there could be 50 Welsh contracted players within our system if the game worked together to put a pathway together.

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Why running a reserve grade is so important for Clubs, but also the game in General. If the likes of Halifax and Keighley can afford to run reserve grades then so can every SL Club. I am proud that Halifax especially under Richard Marshall have made such a big thing with reserves.Also that a number of reserve graders like Butler (Another Welsh Rep player), Woodburn-Hall (England Students), Calcutt, Barber have been given game time at First grade level and not looked out of place. Its just a shame that most Clubs think reserve grade is not worth the time, money and effort.

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