New Halifax recruit Luke Adamson has identified the presence of coach Karl Harrison as the key factor in his Shay move.
The former Salford player, who has signed a contract until the end of the season, made his debut for the Reds as a teenager under Harrison’s tutelage.
And the 25 year old said the former Great Britain forward was at the top of his list of contacts after he ended a four-month sabattical with Premiership rugby union outfit Bath.
“I came down on Friday, had a good chat with Karl and him being here was the main attraction for me,” said back rower Adamson, who returned north after a trial spell ended without a permanent first team deal.
“I played seven Super League seasons with Salford and Karl gave me my debut as an 18 year old against Wakefield in 2006.
“Karl left the year after, but I always admired him as a coach and that was the main reason I contacted him personally about coming here.
“Bath was a fantastic experience; the set up, the way they treat the players, it’s unbelievable.
“Making my debut for them was great, but for them I guess it’s more of a risk to sign someone at 25 who is not an established union player.
“I was going to go down to Cornish Pirates until the end of the season so Bath could monitor me, but it’s 400 miles from home, my family are up here, my house, my girlfriend.
“In the end, the attraction of coming back up here and playing rugby league again was too much for me.”
Adamson brought himself back up to speed in the 13-man game with a fortnight at Wigan, training with the Warriors’ first team squad before calling Harrison last week.
“I got in touch with Andy Coley at Wigan, who is someone I know very well from Salford, because I thought there was no better place to go to train and get back into things,” said the former Leigh East junior.
“I had a couple of weeks down there, which I thank Shaun Wane and his staff for, before I thought about contacting anyone about playing.
“Then I phoned Karl on Wednesday, came down on Friday and signed on Sunday.
“I just want to be playing now, so I have signed until the end of the season and if that goes well we can look to extend it to the year after and the year after that.
“The lads had a good win at the weekend, it’s a strong squad already and it’s a good challenge for me to try and force my way into the side.
“I’m fit and ready to play and I just want to get going now.”