Black: No hard feelings over exit

HALIFAX half back Ben Black has joined Batley for 2012 on a one year deal.

The Bulldogs confirmed the news yesterday lunchtime, just a few hours after Fax confirmed the capture of Bulldogs playmaker Paul Handforth, meaning the two will effectively swap shirts next season.

Courier Sport revealed yesterday that Black, who kicked the winning drop goal in the 2010 Co-operative Championship Grand Final, was in talks with new Bulldogs coach John Kear after being told he did not figure in incoming Fax boss Karl Harrison’s plans.

Fax have also signed the Widnes stand off Anthony Thackeray on a two year contract.

“It’s been the best time of my life, I have so many good memories but it’s time for a change,” said Black.

“The new coach is coming in and wants his own players; that’s business.

“Form wise, I’ve probably had one of the worst years of my career, and injuries and stuff haven’t helped with that.

“In the end, I’ve nothing but good things to say about the club and I’m sad it ended the way it did at Sheffield on Sunday.

“I’ll be around, I’m still living in Halifax and I’ll be down the home games when I can.

“I’ll be back with another team now and trying to prove a point I guess.”

England have named uncapped Hull KR centre Kris Welham in their initial train-on squad for the Four Nations Series.

The 24-year-old Welham, who has scored 26 tries for his side this year, will be the only Rovers representative in coach Steve McNamara’s squad for the clashes with Australia, New Zealand and Wales.

McNamara has also called up Hull threequarters Tom Briscoe and Kirk Yeaman.