Fax new boy catching the eye of Marshall

Halifax head coach Richard Marshall has tipped new signing Reece Chapman-Smith to make an impact next year after catching the eye in training.

The youngster has joined the Championship club following his release from Leeds Rhinos and has impressed Marshall during his opening days with the club.

Rob Burrow, Leeds’ Academy head coach, stated last week the 20-year-old has the potential to become a world beater.

And the utility back has already started to show some of those credentials with his new club, and it hasn’t gone unnoticed.

“Reece Chapman-Smith is really good,” said Marshall.

“I think the system has failed him a little bit in terms of his age, but we love it. These are the type of players we love working with, who are just too old for Academy so we house them and look to develop them to the best of our ability.

“It really is ideal for us. Having someone like QLT to learn off too is great. We have a good mentor programme here, Simon Grix works with the forwards, Scott Murrell with the halves and with QLT now, we have someone to work with the outside backs. He’s a really good project for us.”

Marshall also praised forward Harry Kidd, who is looking to make an impact in 2019 over a year since joining the club.

An ACL injury suffered in pre-season cruelly ended his season before it had started, but Marshall has high hopes he will make up for last time next year.

“Harry Kidd is looking good. He’ll hopefully be like a new signing for us. He’s fit, doing everything training wise and looking good in wrestle.

“Brandon Moore has been outstanding too, he’s winning everything hands down at the moment.”