Halifax sign Barrow star Bracek

Andy Bracek
Andy Bracek

Halifax have signed the Barrow and Wales forward Andy Bracek.

The 25 year old, who began his career as a 17 year old with St Helens before being sold to Warrington, has been a key figure in the Raiders’ charge to a second-placed finish in Championship One and played against Fax in the last-eight of the Northern Rail Cup.

Bracek’s recruitment was announced at the club’s Starman awards bash, backed by the Courier, at Bowers Mill, Barkisland.

Bracek effectively replaces the veteran Australian Jim Gannon, who is retiring, although two more props - Sean Hesketh and Makali Aizue - are also being tipped to move on when their contracts expire in November.

“Andy’s played Super League at a young age, he’s played Super League for the Crusaders last season and he’s been at the top of the Championship with Barrow,” said Fax boss Karl Harrison.

“When I spoke to him, I couldn’t believe he is only 25.

“He has been around the game for a long time but hopefully his best years are still in front of him.

“He is excited by the opportunity we have offered him; the deal was done very quickly, there was no arguing, he was just very keen to come here.”

Harrison said one of Bracek’s attractions was his ability to play both prop and second row.

“I see him as a prop, but he does have that ability to play back row,” said Harrison.

“We’ve got other players in that mould who can play on the edges or in the middle - Adam Robinson, Iain Morrison, Ross Divorty - which gives us options.

“There’s plenty of mobility there, but also some size.

“It’s looking like a good mix.”