Haley signs up for 2012: Fax side ‘taking shape nicely’

Centre of attention: James Haley celebrates after scoring against Karl Harrison's Batley a fortnight ago
Centre of attention: James Haley celebrates after scoring against Karl Harrison's Batley a fortnight ago
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HALIFAX’S longest serving player, homegrown threequarter James Haley, has signed a new 12 month deal with the club.

Haley, who is currently in his testimonial season after a decade’s service at the Shay, becomes the fourth member of Fax’s 2011 squad to re-sign under new boss Karl Harrison, joining fellow backs Paul White, Rob Worrincy and Lee Paterson.

“James is a strong player who has played all his career here, which is no mean feat in itself,” said Harrison.

“He deserves another crack next season and I’m pleased to have him on board.

“He will be one of the senior players, he knows the club inside out and playing for his local team means a lot to him.

“He’s got some utility value in the backline and he will give us strength in depth and some options in terms of who plays where.”

With incoming half backs Paul Handforth and Anthony Thackeray confirmed, plus Batley back rower Dane Manning, Harrison is making rapid headway with his plans for 2012.

And the former Great Britain forward is happy with his progress so far.

“It’s going really well,” said Harrison.

“We’ve got players on board already and things are taking shape quite nicely behind the scenes in terms of getting the other people we want in place.

“The basic plan is to have a squad of 19 or 20 players who are established performers at this level and then back them up with three or four really promising young players.

“We’re certainly heading in the right direction.”

Leeds prop forward Ryan Bailey has been cleared to play in tomorrow’s Super League preliminary semi-final against Huddersfield after successfully overturning a one-match ban.

The 27-year-old Bailey was suspended by the Rugby Football League’s disciplinary committee for using his knees in a tackle on Hull second rower Danny Tickle during his side’s 42-10 play-off win on Sunday.