Potts and Holmes are latest Fax additions

Gareth Potts
Gareth Potts

Halifax have signed speedster Gareth Potts from Championship Grand Finalists Batley on a one year contract.

And Fax have also completed a move for Salford teenager Jack Holmes, a 19 year old utility back, who is expected to begin life at the Shay in the club’s under 20s side.

Potts, a former Wakefield junior, was lured to Mount Pleasant when ex-Wildcats coach John Kear took charge following the departure of Karl Harrison two years ago.

Now Harrison has returned to his former club to sign a player rated as one of the quickest in the competition.

“Gareth is very, very fast,” said Fax assistant coach Lee Greenwood.

“He is up there with the quickest players in the Championship and he gives us more attacking options.

“He is someone who has been on our radar for a while now and he was a big part of Batley’s semi final win at Leigh.

“He offers us something different to Rob Worrincy and Wayne Reittie; he won’t make as many metres after contact as those two, but he is an out and out finisher.

“He’s also very solid defensively.”

Potts’ arrival, the second from Batley after the hooker or half back Paul Mennell, also turns up the heat on Fax’s current number one full back Ryan Fieldhouse.

“Ryan pretty much had things his own way this year; when he didn’t play it was a case of resting him more than anything else,” said Greenwood.

“Gareth will put some pressure on him; they’ll both get a chance at full back in the pre-season games and we’ll take things from there.”

Holmes was recommended by Fax’s former football consultant, the Reds boss Brian Noble, and their chief scout Dave Robinson and is expected to be the first of a number of young players recruited this winter as Harrison looks beyond 2014.

“Holmes can play half back or full back, he’s pretty quick and he’s got potential,” said Greenwood.

“He won’t start the year as part of the first team, but he’ll have the opportunity to show what he can do and then it’s up to him.

“It’s not just about next year though, it’s about developing players for the future.”