Breaking: Fax sign Rovers half back Moore for 2016

Gareth Moore
Gareth Moore

Halifax have confirmed the recruitment of the Featherstone Rovers half back Gareth Moore for 2016.

Moore, a former Leeds and Batley player, was the man of the match in Rovers’ Championship Shield final thumping of London Broncos last weekend.

It will be the 26 year old’s second stint at the Shay after a month-long loan from the Rhinos in 2009 during Matt Calland’s reign as coach.

“Gareth’s got that cockiness and cheek that most good half backs have and he’ll add something to our squad,” said Fax boss Richard Marshall.

“He’s got a very good kicking game and he’s a good organiser.

“He’s proven at Championship level and he’s respected by the players in this competition as someone who’s got a lot of ability.

“He’ll be a definite threat for us.”

Exactly where Moore fits in Fax’s side remains to be seen, with the combination of captain Scott Murrell and Ben Johnston excelling at half back in the final day demolition of Bradford Bulls.

“We’ve struggled at half back at times this season,” said Marshall, who saw two playmakers - Paul Mennell and the Australian Matt Place - leave the club early in the year.

“We’ve used a few different combinations, with Scott, Ben, Connor Robinson and Danny Craven coming in on loan from Widnes, and we’ve not really been settled in that area.

“Gareth gives us a lot more depth in that area and a lot of options.

“Scott can play in a number of different positions, Ben can play full back, Connor can play hooker, so it gives us flexibility when it comes to team selection.

“It also affords us the chance to rotate the side a little bit rather than just having to go with what we’ve got each week.

“Gareth needs to earn his place in the team like everyone else; we need to get him playing at pace and playing at the line and I like my half backs to have a bit of whack in defence, so he needs to get that in his game.”