Fax recruit Davies looking at Leigh, then a long-term deal

Ben Davies
Ben Davies

Halifax’s deadline-day recruit Ben Davies is hoping to make his debut for the club in Wednesday night’s Championship showdown at Leigh (7.30).

Davies, the former Castleford, Widnes and Wigan prop, quit the Tigers last week, joining Fax a matter of hours before the Championship transfer deadline.

The 23 year old, who played in all of Widnes’ Super League games in 2012, is a straight replacement for Sam Barlow, who has joined Featherstone on loan and is expected to complete a permanent move to Leigh at the end of the season.

“I am targeting the Leigh game, I am a Leigh lad so I want to play in that if possible,” said Davies, whose exit from Wheldon Road was linked to a back injury, sustained against Huddersfield eight days ago, that could yet delay his first start for his new club.

“But if the back is not 100 per cent, I won’t risk it.

“It’s settled down a lot so hopefully I will come through in time.

“With injuries and one thing and another it’s been a frustrating year but I’m here to try and finish it on a high.

“I’ve got a point to prove and it would be nice to win something at the end of it.”

The ‘one thing and another’ was Davies’ mid-season move from Widnes, apparently after ructions with the Cheshire club’s management.

“Last year at Widnes I played every game,” said Davies.

“This year, there were a few disagreements so I ended up at Castleford, then I got two injuries in two games and that cut my time there short.

“I’m not looking to move again now.

“I want to stay here at Halifax; play here next year and then go into Super League with Halifax the year after if that’s possible.

“I spoke to Karl (Harrison) and Ian Croad and they are keen for me to stay; it’s down to me to get on the field and prove my worth.”