Halifax RLFC have confirmed the signing of England Lions scrum-half Morgan Punchard on a two-year contract.
The former Lock Lane and Fryston Warriors amateur is the latest player to sign professional terms after impressing in the club’s reserve grade.
The 17-year-old is understood to have turned down Super League clubs to sign with Richard Mashall’s side.
“Having Morgan choose us over what would appear to be more glamorous competition is testament to the overall welfare and experience he will gain with us,” said club Chairman Michael Steele.
“Morgan’s parents spent a lot of time carefully considering this before reaching an agreement and we are delighted they see us as the club that can best nurture his obvious talent.”
Punchard played for England Lions Youth in their 24 – 4 victory over Ireland in May and is in line for further appearances this summer before starting his professional contract with Fax in December.
“This is further evidence that our decision to run a reserves side was the right one,” added Marshall.
“Morgan is the fourth player we have signed from that grade and I am looking forward to working with him as he develops into the fine player I know he can be.
“I’d also like to mention the hard work the Supporters’ Trust have undertaken in raising the funds we needed to run the side. They can be proud that their efforts are paying off and I thank them for that.”