Halifax prop Luke Ambler has said his decision to pen a three year contract extension with his hometown club was only reached after a lengthy battle between his “head and heart”.
Ambler, the Ireland international and former Leeds player, signed the deal last week after opting to reject at least one offer which would have offered him a return to full time rugby league from 2015 onwards.
And the former Ovenden junior, who will be 27 by the time his new contract expires, admitted the choice had been a difficult one.
“It’s been a massive decision for me, a choice of listening to my head or my heart if you like,” said Ambler, who will continue his role as Fax’s off-field ambassador, trying to link the club to local schools and businesses.
“I could have gone full time, which my head said was a good idea, and at one point myself and my dad had decided that might be the best thing at this stage of my career.
“But my heart always said Halifax; I’ve wanted to play for this club since I was a young kid and I’ve loved every minute of it since I came here from Leeds, even last year when I had a bit of a dip in form and things were a bit more difficult.
“I like what the club is trying to achieve off the field, and I’m enjoying being part of that, and on the field we’re in with a shout of second spot, which would be a huge achievement.
“My aim has always been to play in Super League again, and play there with Halifax, and I still think that’s achievable.
“It might be that I could have got there quicker by going somewhere else, but I believe we can do it with Halifax in the next three years and I want to be part of that.”
Fax will resume their pursuit of a second-placed Championship finish when they host Whitehaven on Sunday (3.0).
Karl Harrison’s side will be looking to return to winning ways after dropping their first point in five games in last weekend’s 22-22 draw at Batley.
“It was a point lost,” admitted Ambler.
“We had the game won early in the second half and we should have closed it out.
“We made some bad decisions with the ball, myself included, and we let Batley off the hook.
“We’re learning as a team though and that game management we need to shut teams down will come in time.”