Davies in the running for prop spot

Iain Davies
Iain Davies

Halifax coach Karl Harrison has confirmed that 21 year old Iain Davies will start next season in contention for a front row place.

Davies, a regular in Fax’s under 23 line up last summer, made his first team debut in the Anglo-French tournament in June.

The former Huddersfield junior has now signed a one year contract which will see him step up into Harrison’s first team squad.

“We see some potential in Iain that we can develop,” said Harrison, who is likely to shed three front rowers this winter in Sean Hesketh, Jim Gannon and Makali Aizue and has so far signed one in Barrow’s Wales international Andy Bracek.

“At the moment, he’ll start pre season as our fifth prop and after that it’s up to him.

“He made a really good debut in Toulouse and I’m looking forward to working with him.

“It’s about giving young players an opportunity and improving people rather than just going out and buying players.”

Departing captain Sean Penkywicz and prop Sam Barlow are Halifax’s only representatives in the Co-operative Championship All Stars.

The form team of the competition, which was announced ahead of Tuesday night’s Championship awards bash, features four players from table-topping Featherstone and three from runners-up Leigh.

Championship All Stars: Quentin Laulu Togagae (Sheffield Eagles); Gareth Potts (Batley Bulldogs), Matt Gardner (Leigh Centurions), Sam Smeaton (Featherstone Rovers), Alex Brown (Batley Bulldogs), Andy Kain (Featherstone Rovers), Liam Finn (Featherstone Rovers), Alex Walmsley (Batley Bulldogs), Sean Penkywicz (Halifax), Sam Barlow (Halifax), Matty Dale (Featherstone Rovers), Craig Briscoe (Leigh Centurions), Sam Hopkins (Leigh Centurions)