HALIFAX have confirmed the recruitment of Widnes centre Steve Tyrer for 2012.
The former St Helens and Salford player, still just 22, becomes the latest player to join what is increasingly looking like a wholesale rebuilding programme under new coach Karl Harrison.
Tyrer, who played Super League for Saints as a teenager and is also a prolific goalkicker, had trumpeted his move on a social networking site on Tuesday night.
“Steve has got real potential to improve,” said Harrison. “He has played Super League, he is the correct age for us and I am really looking forward to working with him.
“He is deceptively quick, he’s got good footwork and he knows where the tryline is.
“He’s also got a decent pair of hands on him, which should be good for the wingers.
“The fact he’s a goalkicker is a bit of a bonus for us, because you can never have too many options in that area.
“People have asked questions about his defence at various stages of his career, but that’s something I feel we can address with the help of the players who will play next to him.
“The bottom line is this: I don’t care who you are, you don’t play Super League for St Helens as a teenager if you’re rubbish.
“The kid can definitely play.”
Tyrer’s arrival - alongside the already signed threequarters Rob Worrincy, James Haley, Paul White and Lee Paterson - casts some doubt on the future on some of Fax’s current backline options.
Courier Sport understands that Australian Dylan Nash has not been offered a new deal.
James Webster is joining Wakefield Trinity Wildcats as assistant to coach Richard Agar.
The pair worked together at Hull and the Australian has joined Agar by penning a three-year contract with the Super League club.
Webster said: “I’m really excited about joining the Wildcats. I have had many discussions with Rich about the club and it is certainly something that he speaks very highly of.
“It is clear that there are many great structures in place for the next few years and there is a sense of the start of something new and exciting, a real clean slate.”
“I’m looking forward to continuing my work with Rich and seeing the new systems put into place. I can’t wait to get started.”
Wildcats Chief Executive James Elston added: “We are delighted to welcome James to the club. Having worked with him at first hand for the past two years, Rich Agar speaks very highly of him and was keen to continue their partnership.”