Halifax RLFC have formally announced the creation of a reserve grade team ahead of the upcoming season.
Since making the Qualifiers, club officials have repeatedly spoke of their intentions to boost the infrastructure of the club rather than investing the money on a full-time team, with a reserve grade high on their priority list.
Fax have now confirmed that a team will be in place for the next four years, with at least 15 matches taking place per season.
They will play under a new RFL structure that has yet to be finalised.
“When I came to the club, we had a first team and not much else,” said head coach Richard Marshall.
“This is an important step for us, partly in terms of keeping senior players who aren’t in the first team match fit and partly providing a pathway for young players into that first team.
“I’ve been involved with youth development for Warrington and England and this is what I want to do; we’ve invested in it and we’re committed to it.
“In the end, we want the best 17 people and players we can on the field for Halifax, but if some of those are local, so much the better.
“Do we get more passion and effort from people like James Saltonstall and Luke Ambler because they have pride in playing for their hometown? I think we do.”