Ashall: I could quit game after Fax exit

Craig Ashall
Craig Ashall

Halifax’s versatile forward Craig Ashall has confirmed he has played his last game for the club, and hinted that he could even retire from the professional game.

The 28 year old hooker or loose forward, who started Thursday’s 29-10 play off loss to Sheffield at number nine, heads a lengthy list of players expected to leave the Shay this autumn.

Popular back Lee Paterson, Fax’s longest serving player, half backs Paul Handforth and Anthony Thackeray, utility player Anthony Bowman and Ashall’s younger brother Karl are also set to depart as coach Karl Harrison revamps his side.

“Sad to say, that’s it for me,” said Ashall.

“I was offered a contract, but it wasn’t up to standard for me so I will be moving on.

“I’d have signed here in an instant, but we had some negotiations and the club didn’t think I merited what I wanted.

“It’s been like that for a few months, but I’ve given everything I had and I wish them all the best for 2014.

“It’s disappointing, because they’re a fantastic group of lads and I’ve made some friends for life here.

“But the deal wasn’t right for me.”

And Ashall, a former St Helens junior, said it was far from certain that he would remain a professional player.

“I haven’t got anywhere else at the moment,” he said.

“I’ve got a young family and work commitments so I am going to have a rest and have a think about next year.

“I’m 28 now, so it would be a young age to retire.

“I’d probably like to carry on, but things change in life and it’s not on the top of my agenda at the moment.”