Halifax forward Sam Barlow looks to have played his last game for the club after joining league leaders Featherstone on loan until the end of this season.
Barlow, who cannot play against Halifax under the terms of the transfer, is then expected to join another Championship club, rumoured to be Leigh, on a permanent basis, despite having 12 months to run on his current Fax contract.
In a statement on the club’s website, coach Karl Harrison - who has left the player out of his last three selections - said: “Sam is a player who needs to be playing regular rugby and long spells to maintain his fitness levels.
“With no significant injuries amongst Halifax’ forwards, I’m not able to offer him the first team opportunities he requires.
The chance to join Featherstone for the remainder of the season was one which he did not wish to turn down, and in fairness to him, I felt it right to let him go.”
Barlow began his career with his hometown club as a 16 year old, before using a contractual loophole to join Huddersfield.
He returned to the Shay in 2010, playing in the Grand Final win over Featherstone that autumn and establishing himself as the club’s best strike forward.
That reputation has waned over the last 12 months, despite the occasional moment of magic, culminating in today’s departure.