HALIFAX have completed the signing of Leigh’s free-scoring centre Mick Nanyn.
Nanyn put pen to paper on a one year deal - with the option of a second season - yesterday and represents the final piece in new coach Karl Harrison’s 2012 jigsaw.
The 29 year old, a member of the side that beat Fax in July’s Northern Rail Cup final, also had offers from Harrison’s old club, Batley and, intriguingly, the Centurions, despite the apparent uncertainty hanging over the Leigh Sports Village.
Nanyn, who began his career at Swinton before moving on to Rochdale, Whitehaven, Widnes, Oldham, Harlequins and Leigh, has piled up more than 2,000 career points with a try scoring average of just under one a game.
“We have been looking for someone to add competition to the centre and back row and Mick has a record of performance at this level that is second to none,” said Harrison, who admitted the current financial climate in the Championship had allowed him to squeeze the Wigan-based player - his 24th close-season signing - under the salary cap.
“He has scored a lot of points at every club he has played for and you cannot argue with his stats.
“He was offered more money on his doorstep, but he wants to play in a winning team, a team that is going to be competing for trophies and he believes he will be able to do that here.”
With Leeds’ young utility Callum Casey brought on board on Monday, Harrison confirmed his spending was now complete, with Nanyn’s arrival adding intense competition to the club’s backline.
“We now have five players for the backfield positions - White, Heaton, Worrincy, Fieldhouse and Reittie - and four for the centres - Nanyn, Tyrer, Haley and Paterson - so there are hopefully going to be some difficult decisions to make each week,” said Harrison.
“No one is going to be guaranteed a place in this side, they are all going to have to fight for their shirts.”