Halifax have signed the former Featherstone prop Tony Tonks on a short-term deal until the end of the current season.
Tonks, arguably the most destructive front rower in the Championship over the last two seasons, left Rovers at the end of 2011 to join Super League outfit Huddersfield.
But with a suspension – the result of a brawl in Rovers’ Grand Final win over Sheffield – and a broken arm limiting his chances at the Galpharm, the player has now been released by the Giants and put pen to paper at the Shay on Monday night.
“Tony’s with us until the end of the season, with a view to a longer term deal beyond that,” said Fax boss Karl Harrison, who first signed Tonks as a 16 year old for Bradford Bulls.
“He came in and trained with us tonight and he’ll give us a bit more aggression and presence in the middle of the field.
“He’s certainly the kind of player you look for when you’re running the ball in.
“He’s been unlucky at Huddersfield, but his arm has healed naturally, there was no surgery needed, and he’s got the green light to play.
“I think it shows we’re not here to mess about.”
Tonks will not be eligible for the Northern Rail Cup final against his former club at the end of this month.