Incoming Halifax stand off Simon Brown has admitted he is ‘hungry’ for a tilt at a second Championship title after a difficult 2013 season.
Brown, a former Leeds junior, was a key player in Sheffield Eagles’ 2012 Grand Final success before rejecting a new deal with the Steel City club and making a surprise switch to newly-promoted York.
That deal ended with the City Knights’ relegation and Brown’s exit, with the 24 year old eventually choosing Fax rather than Featherstone as his new home.
“I’ve certainly got the hunger to be there with a team at the top end of the table again,” said Brown, who joined his new teammates for the resumption of pre-season training this week.
“In retrospect, you make decisions in your career that might not have been the best ones, and maybe when I look back going to York was one of those.
“I wouldn’t say it was a big mistake, but they made some promises to me that they never really came through with and it ended up being a bit of a bad season.
“I was very close to going to Featherstone for next year, but when Karl (Harrison) called me I made the decision to come to Halifax instead.
“It was good to back this week, but it was a bit of a shock to the body.
“We trained for two hours on Monday night, including some skills and contact work, and we’ve got a solid schedule through to Christmas now.
“I’m looking forward to training hard and trying to get a place in the team.”
Not all Brown’s new teammates are strangers to him, with the former Castleford Tigers youngster Ben Johnston playing alongside him for York on a dual-registration deal last summer.
“Ben’s a very different sort of player to me, which I like,” said Brown.
“I’m an organiser with a good kicking game - I’d back myself against anyone to be up there with the best in that area - whereas Ben’s a runner, and a good one at that.
“I felt he was a little unlucky at Cas not to get more chances, but he broke a lot of good sides down last year even though he was playing behind a pack that was never really dominant.
“I think we’re both looking forward to playing behind the forwards we have here; Tonks, Ambler, Adamson and those lads.”