BARLA skipper Ryan Fieldhouse has confirmed he will give Halifax first option on his services as he lines up a breakthrough into the professional game.
The 22 year old full back, the son of former Fax and Great Britain forward John, has made three trial appearances for Matt Calland’s side over the last five weeks, including a hugely promising performance in the 50-10 Northern Rail Cup win over Oldham nine days ago.
That prompted Calland to confirm he would open talks with the Leigh East amateur over a permanent deal.
And Fieldhouse, who has been linked with Easts’ professional neighbours, admitted his first preference is to stay with the Co-operative Championship champions.
“It’s a club going places and it’s where I want to be,” he said.
“Halifax have given me the opportunity so I definitely want to be here rather than anywhere else.
“We will sit down and have a talk and see where we’re at and take things from there.
“I am finding my feet now and Matt’s been having a word here and there and pointing me in the right direction.
“They told me before the Oldham game they were pleased with the way I had been training and they were going to put me on the bench.
“I think I was only down to play the last half hour or so, but Ratu obviously took a bad knock so he moved Miles out and put me in at full back.
“For me, that was a massive positive.”
One thing that could delay the signing of any contract is June’s BARLA tour to Australia with Fieldhouse a nailed-on selection for the touring party, which will be coached by his father.
“The tour is a big opportunity, maybe a once in a lifetime thing, so I wouldn’t really want to give it up,” said Fieldhouse, who said he was happy to play as an amateur until then.
“At the moment, we’re midway through the Leigh East season, but if Matt wants to put me in his plans for Halifax then I will keep on juggling the two.
“If I’m selected here, then I probably wouldn’t play there on the same weekend.
“We’ll just see how it goes.”