Joe bags new Fax contract

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HALIFAX have re-signed their young back rower Joe Chandler on a 12-month contract.

Chandler, 22, had a solid debut year in the Co-operative Championship after stepping up from Championship One outfit Oldham last autumn.

And new boss Karl Harrison has seen enough to persuade him to retain the former Leeds junior.

“Joe probably feels like he did not get enough game time this year, but when he has played I think he impressed,” said Harrison.

“He’s a bit of a mix of a prop and a back rower and I’m still not sure we’ve found out where he’s best.

“But he’s a big, strong kid who runs a nice line and knows how to get over the whitewash.

“I think there’s plenty of improvement left in him in the right environment.”

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