No panic over Penkywicz replacement

Karl Harrison
Karl Harrison

Halifax coach Karl Harrison has said there is ‘no panic’ over the search for a replacement for departing hooker Sean Penkywicz.

Penkywicz announced last week he had turned down Fax’s offer for 2013 in favour of a move to Leigh, his hometown club.

The hooker, who has spent a total of 11 years with the club in two separate spells, has been unveiled as one of four nominees for Championship Player of the Year, alongside past and future teammate Bob Beswick and Featherstone playmakers Andy Kain and Liam Finn.

“We’re looking for a replacement for Sean, but there’s certainly no panic about it,” said Harrison, who is on a four-man shortlist for Coach of the Year.

“We’ve got options there already in Craig Ashall and Paul Handforth, and we’ve got young Anthony Bowman who can cover the half back spots.

“We need to recruit in that area and we will do, but we need to make sure we get the right player.”

Penkywicz isn’t the only player leaving the Shay this autumn.

Threequarters Paul White and James Haley, Fax’s longest serving player who are just completed his testimonial season, are both expected to join Keighley, along with prop Sean Hesketh.

Utility forward Josh Barlow was attracting interest from Swinton and Papua New Guinea veteran Makali Aizue has been linked with Batley and York.