Murrell turns down Tigers, ‘Cats to sign multi-season Fax deal

Scott Murrell and Fax director Ian Croad shake hands on the deal
Scott Murrell and Fax director Ian Croad shake hands on the deal

Halifax captain Scott Murrell has signed a two year contract extension that will keep him at the Shay until the end of 2016.

The former Hull KR playmaker joined Fax on a two year deal last autumn after seven seasons with the Robins and promptly established himself as one of the best players outside Super League with a string of outstanding performances.

Murrell’s form had attracted interest from top flight clubs, with both Wakefield and Castleford keen to snare him for next season.

But the 27 year old has now closed the door on any potential move and penned a new deal to stay with Fax for the next three and a half years, news that was announced at Tuesday night’s fans meeting at the Shay.

“It’s happened pretty quickly, but it’s quite a coup for us,” said Fax boss Karl Harrison.

“There has been some interest from other clubs for next year, which Scott has had to consider.

“We certainly couldn’t compete with the money on offer at that level, but what we could offer was the security of a multi-year deal on his existing terms.

“Scott’s had a big influence since he arrived, on and off the field, and this is a huge commitment for him and the club.

“We can plan for the future now and build a team around Scott.”

As well as Murrell’s retention, Fax also unveiled a new prize draw, based around the home game against Whitehaven on July 7.

All adults who pay for ground admission on the day will go into the hat for a half time draw, with the winner receiving a three-day break to New York for two people, valued at around £2,500.