Halifax have signed the former Super League front rower Richard Moore on a two year deal and announced the recruitment of Warrington’s sports scientist Andy Holleyhead.
Moore, 32, effectively replaces Tony Tonks, who was not offered a new contract after two and a half seasons at the Shay.
The former Leeds, Crusaders, Leigh and Wakefield prop was released by the Wildcats in August and finished the season with Hunslet, turning in a strong performance in last weekend’s Championship One Grand Final win over Oldham.
Holleyhead, who has been with the Wolves for three years, follows new coach Richard Marshall across the Pennines and will act as conditioner and nutritionist in place of the former BARLA player Nigel Halmshaw, who is emigrating to Australia.
“I played with Richard Moore at London, so I’m well aware of his qualities,” said Marshall, who cleared his own desk in the Wolves’ offices on Monday after their play off loss to Wigan.
“I spoke to him before the game last weekend and I know he’s excited about coming to Halifax.
“He is an experienced Super League player who I expect to offer us some leadership and drive on and off the field.
“He’s certainly a player that opposition coaches have always done a lot of work on; he’s got good footwork and a strong offload game, so he’s a player you need to be careful of. I will be encouraging him to use those skills for us, because they are what I want to see, but the key is always to be selective and use them at the right time.”
Marshall, who was due at the Shay this week to meet key personnel, including captain-coach Scott Murrell, sees Holleyhead as a significant recruit and has given the 25 year old - who he described as “second in command” of the Wolves physical preparation - a wide-ranging brief.
“Andy’s job is to improve the team physically, across the board,” said Marshall.
“He started at Warrington purely doing sports science, but he’s become increasingly hands-on as a coach and I think the players will enjoy working with him.
“He’s very strong on nutrition and the use of dietary supplements as well as the conditioning side of the game and I know he’s been in touch with some players already about what they should be doing before pre-season starts in November.
“It’s a big job for him and I think the standard of our recovery after games is going to be a massive factor for us next year as a part-time team in a competition where there are three full time teams.
“We don’t have the luxury of having players in for those sessions after games, but we can show them what they need to do when they’re away from the club.
“Some of them will embrace that straight away and some might not.
“But in my experience, as a coach and a player, the ones that don’t will find themselves missing out on selection when the big games come around at the end of the year because their form and fitness is not there.”
Former Halifax winger Rob Worrincy, who left the club after being banned for breaches of the game’s betting code, has rejoined his former club Sheffield Eagles.