Fax snare Australian half back as Harrison joins Bradford coaching staff

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Halifax have signed the Australian playmaker Matt Place from Sydney-based New South Wales Cup side Mounties.

Place, a 22 year old former South Sydney under 20s player who can operate in either half back position, is the second player to join Fax from Mounties following Cook Islands prop Adam Tangata.

Rumours persist that a third player, possibly the utility forward Mitch Cahalane, will eventually follow them to the Shay.

Place, whose recruitment was signed off by the club’s former coach Karl Harrison, was watched several times by ex-Fax scrum half Gavin Clinch, who gave the player his seal of approval.

Place will vie with livewire Ben Johnston and captain Scott Murrell for a spot and effectively replaces the former Sheffield player Simon Brown, who has not been offered a new deal.

Elsewhere, Bradford head coach James Lowes has put the finishing touches to his backroom staff with the appointment of former Fax coach Harrison as his assistant.

Harrison, 50, who coached Salford in Super League for five years and was in charge at the Shay up to last month, will return for a second stint as number two at Odsal, having been right-hand man to Brian Noble 10 years ago.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for me,” said Harrison.

“It is a fantastic opportunity for me to work alongside Jimmy and try to get this great club back to where we think it belongs.”