Barlow will not return to Fax, confirm club

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Halifax’s acting chief executive Ian Croad has confirmed that prop Sam Barlow, currently on loan at Championship rivals Featherstone, will definitely not be at the Shay in 2014.

Barlow, who is 12 months into a two year contract with Fax, joined Rovers on a temporary deal in the summer after struggling to nail down a regular place in boss Karl Harrison’s side.

Now Croad has confirmed what has always seemed obvious; that the former Siddal junior will not return, saying he has already secured a permanent move to another second-tier club, widely rumoured to be Leigh, for next season.

“Sam’s loan agreement with Featherstone terminates on November 30 and from December 1 he is another club’s player,” said Croad.

“When that club choose to announce that is their decision.”

And with odds on a Fax versus Rovers Grand Final shortening after both sides won their opening play off games, Croad also reiterated that Barlow would be ruled out of a decider between the two clubs.

“Under the terms of his loan, Sam cannot play in any game against us this year,” said Croad.