Halifax have announced the long-rumoured recruitment of Wakefield Triinity’s young centre Danny Cowling for 2014.
The 21 year old Featherstone Lions junior, who has played top flight rugby for Richard Agar’s Wildcats, has spent significant parts of the last two seasons on dual-registration at Doncaster.
And Fax assistant coach Lee Greenwood confirmed it was that proven ability at Championship level that was a major attraction.
“We’ve looked for younger players, players we can develop, but at the same time we’ve looked for ones who have already performed at this standard,” said Greenwood.
“In that sense, while dual-reg hasn’t been a great thing for the game, it’s been good for us in this situation because it’s allowed us to have a good look at Danny..
“He’s done a great job for Doncaster, he’s played some Super League for Wakefield, and he’ll go straight into the senior squad and put pressure on the likes of Steve Tyrer and Ben Heaton.
“He’s not the finished article, but he’s a big, imposing player, with good skills and a solid defensive game.
“We feel he’s someone who can improve to the point where he’s not just one of the best centres in the Championship, but one we could take with us into Super League.
“He didn’t want to go to a mid-table Championship club, he wanted to come to a team that wants to finish top and test himself.
“I think in the last two years some of the players have struggled to deal with the expectations people have at a club like ours; that expectation that you have to win every single game.
“Danny actually wants that challenge.”