Fax sign Fairbank for 2016

Jacob Fairbank
Jacob Fairbank

Halifax have secured the services of their former Huddersfield forward Jacob Fairbank for 2016 ahead of Saturday night’s penultimate Super 8s Qualifier at Wakefield Trinity (6.0).

Fairbank, an Elland amateur, is currently in his third spell with his hometown club - following two loan stints - after signing a short-term deal following his release by Huddersfield in the summer.

The 24 year old - who turned in arguably his best performance for the club in last weekend’s impressive 34-12 win over Leigh - has now committed for next season with an option for 2017.

“Jacob is a great signing for us,” said Fax boss Richard Marshall.

“He’s a Halifax lad and he’s proud to play for the club; I think that was especially evident against Leigh at the weekend.

“He’s probably had a bit of a stop-start career so far, but his attitude is spot on and it’s up to us to develop him now so he goes on to fulfil his potential.

“He’s had some injuries and I think he needed some time to get over the disappointment of being cut by Huddersfield, but now he’s got his fitness levels up you can see what he brings to the team.

“His combinations with the rest of the front row players have been very good and he’s not afraid to go out and showcase what he can do.

“He’s earned the respect of the other players and he’ll be part of a pretty formidable pack of forwards in 2016.”