Fax sign up seven young guns

Halifax have signed seven teenagers, six of whom played under 18 or under 23 rugby for the club last season, on three year professional contracts.

Half back Brad Delaney - the son of the former Bradford and Dewsbury professional Paul - threequarters Oliver Barrett and Lewis Holliday, props Brent Taylor and Macauley Higgins and back rower Niall Berrett, all pulled on the blue and white in 2012.

A seventh player, the Orrell St James centre Jordan Topping, a former Wigan junior, has been signed on the recommendation of talent scout Dave Robinson.

All the players are 17, except Barrett, who is the veteran of the group at 18.

“All these boys have earned their chance,” said Fax youth development boss Martin Gonzalez, who said the deals would not have been possible without the help of Fax’s Supporters’ Trust.

“They’re long term projects for us now; it’s up to them to work hard and be professional, but we want to develop them to a stage where they can play first team football.

“If they get to that point, they know that Karl (Harrison) will give them a chance.

“It’s a bit of a breakthrough for us, because you have to go back a long way to find the last time we had a group of kids with this potential all coming through together.

“It’s a big step in this club developing its own talent.”