QLT to fight for Fax spot

Halifax coach Richard Marshall has told new signing Quentin Laulu-Togagae he will have to fight for his shirt at the club – despite welcoming the returning “romance” between club and player.

The former Samoa international had a brief spell with Fax this season between playing for Toronto and Castleford, but has no Super League clause in his contract this time as he arrives back at The Shay.

Marshall said: “We’re really happy to get ‘Q’ because there was a lot of interest in him.

“He brings big-game experience, and even though it was only a fleeting romance last time, we saw in that month or so that he’s a class above, and I’m looking forward to seeing that again.

“He will be better for having a pre-season under his belt, although I’ve told him he has to establish himself within the group again.

“There are no guarantees for him, he has to work hard for his shirt and James Woodburn-Hall had it at the end of last season.

“We’ve also got Ben White and potentially another lad coming in who can play fullback, so he can’t take anything for granted.”

White’s arrival at the club was confirmed last week, after the former Swinton utility returned from a spell in Australia.

Marshall said: “I’ve been aware of Ben since his days at Swinton and we always had a difficult job when facing him.

“He’s spent the last year in Australia, where he’s developed his toughness as well as his physical and kicking game.

“We’re looking forward to working with Ben and seeing how he can develop here.”