AUSTRALIAN centre Dylan Nash has insisted that Halifax were the only club he would have returned to England to join.
The 23 year old Queenslander arrived back at the Shay last week and was an unused substitute in Sunday’s 26-24 pre-season loss to Hull KR.
Nash, who inked an amended deal for 2011 after tearing up the two year contract he had signed in the autumn of 2009 to fit in with Fax’s close-season cost-cutting, had been heavily linked with newly-promoted York.
But the player himself insisted he would have stayed on the Gold Coast if the Co-operative Championship champions had not weighed in with an offer.
“If I wasn’t coming back to Halifax, I wasn’t coming back to England,” said Nash, who only showed flashes of his best form during a debut season disrupted by a persistent back injury.
“There was nowhere else I could see myself playing, it was just a matter of sorting something out.
“The whole situation with the contracts was confusing for everyone I think, but I’m back here now and that’s all that matters.
“The back’s 100 per cent and I’m looking forward to a big year.
“I’ve been doing some training myself, but it’s not easy when you don’t have a team to train with.
“I will just train as hard as I can.
“I need to work my backside off and hope I can get a chance somewhere down the line.”
Where that chance will come is open to debate.
While Nash played both back row and centre last season, boss Matt Calland has already indicated he wants to use him in the threequarter line this year.
“I’ve not talked to Matt about it yet, but he’s got plenty of centres too,” pointed out Nash.
“James Haley’s fully fit, Lee Paterson’s been playing there, Jon Goddard’s not far away and Mike Ratu’s in the mix now too.
“It’s going to be pretty tough to get a spot in either position, I think everyone is going to have to fight for their places this year wherever they are in the side.”
Harlequins have bolstered their squad for the start of Engage Super League XVI with the capture of Wigan duo Karl Pryce and Joe Mellor on loan.
Winger or centre Pryce, 24, the younger brother of St Helens and Great Britain stand-off Leon, and 19-year-old half-back Mellor will link up with the Harlequins squad for training today.
Both players are moving initially for a month with a view to a longer stay.