Fax captain Murrell signs extended deal

Scott Murrell celebrates against Leigh
Scott Murrell celebrates against Leigh

Halifax have extended the contract of their captain Scott Murrell, with the former Hull KR player now potentially tied to the club until the end of the 2018 season.

Murrell, a Championship Player of the Year nominee and widely rated as one of the competition’s top playmakers, already had a deal in place for next season.

But he has now penned a one year extension, with the option of a further 12 months beyond that.

“I’m very happy working with Scott, he’s been great for us all year,” said coach Richard Marshall.

“He’s everything you want from a captain; he leads by example, he’s got the respect of his teammates and he’s got an infectious enthusiasm that gets the best out of the people around him.

“He’s 30 now and he’s a great professional, but I actually think we can still improve him over the next couple of years.

“We’ll challenge him to improve the players around him too, to develop those players who will take the club forward in his position as his career begins to wind down.”

While Murrell has spent all of this season at half back - barring one game at loose forward in defeat at Sheffield in April - Marshall said his potential role in 2016 was up for discussion.

With young half backs Ben Johnston and Connor Robinson already on board, plus former Warrington player Simon Grix and persistent rumours of the arrival of at least one more ball-player, Marshall could have the option to explore Murrell’s value elsewhere.

“Scott’s played just about everywhere for Hull KR at Super League level - hooker, loose forward, back row - so he’s got that ability,” said Marshall.

“He’s very strong at half back because of his defensive game; there are very few half backs who defend as well as he does.

“I’ve honestly not given it too much thought yet, we’ll experiment in training and I’ll talk to Scott.

“As a coach, that’s the exciting bit, finding those combinations that work for the team.”