Halifax have signed the Leeds prop Luke Ambler on a two year contract that will keep him at his hometown club until the end of 2014.
Ambler, the former Ovenden junior, has spent this season at the Shay on a dual-registration deal and was told by the Rhinos last week he was free to negotiate with other clubs for next year.
The Ireland international subsequently penned a two year deal on the pitch at half time in the 50-28 Co-operative Championship win over Swinton, a game he missed with knee ligament damage.
“Luke’s a great addition to the squad,” said Fax boss Karl Harrison.
“It’s nice that he has settled his contract for next year relatively early in the season.
“He’s a quality player who is proud to represent his hometown club and I’m delighted he’s staying with us.”
Ambler aside, Harrison was non-plussed by the manner of his side’s win over the Lions, which kept Fax second on the ladder, two points behind leaders Featherstone.
“It was more cold than hot,” said Harrison, who had the former BARLA full back Ryan Fieldhouse in four-try form.
“I don’t like games like that anyway - 50-odd to 20-odd - and defensively we were off the mark.
“We scored some nice tries and I didn’t really feel like we were ever in danger, but it wasn’t a pleasing performance.
“There was some dumb stuff played by key personnel, which really effected the way we played the game.
“It was back to two-tackle rugby league and that just alleviates all the pressure on the opposition.
“It’s not all doom and gloom, but we have still got a lot to learn.”
Fax gave a debut to the former Featherstone prop Tony Tonks, who signed from Super League neighbours Huddersfield earlier in the week.
“Tonks went well, he hasn’t played since March,” said Harrison.
“He probably played a little bit longer than he is used to because we need to get some game time into him for the bigger challenges that are ahead for us.”
Halifax’s under 23s won 32-14 at York, with Connor Wood, Gareth Hynes, Chris Holroyde, Niall Bradley and Iain Davies scoring tries. Hynes also kicked four conversions.