Halifax prop Sam Barlow has admitted he turned down ‘a lot more money’ at a rival Championship club to re-sign at the Shay.
Barlow, one of the competition’s form forwards over the last three seasons, was heavily linked with arch rivals Featherstone Rovers - as well as Super League toilers Salford - before penning a new two year contract with Fax.
“I turned down more money and the chance to play Super League to stay; if anyone said I wasn’t loyal now, I don’t where they’d be getting it from,” said Barlow.
“I could certainly have got a lot more money at one club in the Championship, that’s for sure.
“In the end, Halifax put a great package together for me that gives me some stability and the chance to do other things as well.
“I’m doing a degree and I’ll be out in the schools, trying to promote the club.
“Since I came here three years ago, the club has developed every year and I can see us getting back into Super League in the next three years.
“I wouldn’t want to miss out on having a chance to be part of that with my hometown club.
“Karl Harrison and the coaching staff have really developed my game this season and I’m sure he’ll help me improve again next year.”
Fax’s reward for wrapping up third place on the league ladder with Sunday’s 26-20 over Batley is a sudden-death home game against Keighley in the play offs on Thursday night.
And Barlow reckons that victory over the Cougars might just tee up a repeat performance against the Bulldogs, who visit Sheffield on Sunday.
“Batley are a really good side; they’ve got some quality players and a massive pack,” he said.
“Sheffield are a good side and they’ll have the home advantage, but I’d imagine we might be seeing Batley again if we get past Keighley.
“I can see us playing them again in a couple of weeks.”