Fax sign White to add to playmaking options

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Halifax have signed the former Leeds and Swinton playmaker Ben White for 2019.

Oldham-born White, who began his professional career with the Rhinos before making his senior breakthrough at the Lions, spent 2018 in Australia playing in the Illawarra competition, where he was named as the league’s best back.

The 23 year old, who can play half back, full back or centre, was a League 1 Young Player of the Year nominee in 2015.

He formed a potent combination at Swinton with Chris Atkin, who is now an established Super League player with Hull KR.

“Ben’s probably not a household name, but he’s got a great pedigree,” said Fax boss Richard Marshall.

“He’s come through a good system at Leeds, he’s got a great attitude and he’ll give us options in the backline.

“We always struggled with him and Atkin when they were together at Swinton.

“I’d say he’s primarily a half back, but he’s played plenty of full back as well.

“Wherever he fits in, he’s a strike option with a bit more to his game, which is what we’ve been looking for.”

White joins his former Swinton teammate Shaun Robinson and Hull KR front rower Ben Kavanagh at the Shay.