Halifax coach Karl Harrison has said the opportunity to sign Wakefield’s former England winger Peter Fox came “out of the blue”.
Harrison snapped up the 30 year old speedster, who has also played for Hull KR in Super League and York in the Championship, on a deal until the end of season ahead of last weekend’s game at Dewsbury.
Fox’s signature arrived too late for him to figure at Rams Stadium, but Harrison is expected to give him a debut in Sunday’s Championship fixture at Keighley (3.0).
“It was a chance that came out of the blue, and we took it,” said Harrison, who has already lost one winger, Rob Worrincy, to long-term suspension and will lose another, the on-loan Tommy Saxton who has been recalled by Featherstone, after this weekend.
“Peter is an international player and you don’t get many chances to sign those at this level.
“He brings enthusiasm, experience and a great work ethic.
“He runs the ball extremely hard but he is also a very potent finisher.
“I’m sure he’ll be a tremendous asset to us.”
Harrison also hinted that Fax may not have seen the last of Saxton, whose Post Office Road deal expires at the end of the year.
“Tommy’s been great; I think he’s been popular with everyone at the club and he’s been a success on the field too,” he said.
“We’d certainly like to see him back here at some stage.”
As well as Fox, Fax have also taken the former St Helens junior Danny Yates, who has been playing in France with UTC, the feeder club for Catalan Dragons, on a short term contract.
And Jack Spencer, the former Salford forward who has featured in the club’s last two matches, will also be staying for the rest of this season and 2015.
“Danny’s a typical bossy half back,” said Harrison, who said plans to loan Yates to Championship One side Gloucester had been put on ice.
“He’s practiced extremely well and he’s certainly got some ability so we’ll play him in our under 20s this weekend and go from there.
“It may be that he goes to Gloucester or it may be that he stays here.
“We’ll take a look at him on the field and go from there.
“Jack’s earned his deal, he’s hungry for success and he’s another playe