Robbo latest ‘Dog to join Fax

HALIFAX boss Karl Harrison has returned to his former club Batley to sign a fourth player, snapping up prop Adam Robinson for 2012.

Robinson joins back rower Dane Manning, half back Paul Handforth and threequarter Wayne Reittie in following his former coach from Mount Pleasant.

And Harrison predicted the 24 year old ex-Dewsbury forward would make a significant impression at the Shay.

“Adam’s explosive, with and without the football,” said Harrison.

“He’s not unlike Makali Aizue in his style of play; he certainly makes teams tackle him, he doesn’t tackle himself.

“He had an injury disrupted season at Batley really, he had a knee injury early on then fractured his cheekbone up at Barrow.

“He actually carried on with that for a few weeks, which shows he’s a tough kid who wants to play the game and, again, he’s the right age for us.

“He’s can play back row at a push and there’s still a lot of potential there to be developed.

“I’m sure he’ll be a great signing.”

Harrison also admitted he had been confident of snaring the Featherstone prop Tony Tonks until Super League side Huddersfield weighed in with a late offer for the 26 year old.

“We thought we’d got Tony at one stage, but Huddersfield’s offer was too good for him to turn down,” said Harrison, who signed Tonks as a 16 year old for Bradford.

“I can’t blame the kid for wanting to test himself.”

Harrison also clarified the position of the members of Fax’s 2011 squad who have not yet signed new deals and were not on yesterday’s list of released players: Ryan Fieldhouse, Frank Watene, Jim Gannon and Stephen Bannister.

“I am still speaking to Ryan and he has an offer,” said Harrison.

“I am also planning to speak to Bannister to see where he’s coming from.

“Frank is not in my playing plans, but he is still in charge of the community programme.

“I spoke to Jim last week and I am planning to meet him again this week.

“I have a lot of time for Jim. He is a proud professional who has an affinity with the club, but I told him I don’t think he has another year of regular first team football in him.

“We are investigating the possibility of a different role for him, but it’s early days so we’ll have to see what comes of that.”

Castleford stand-off Rangi Chase is a shock addition to England’s train-on squad after switching his allegiance.

The 25-year-old, who is on a three-man short-list for the 2011 Super League Man of Steel after an outstanding year with the Tigers, played against England for the New Zealand Maoris in Auckland on the eve of last year’s Four Nations Series.

But he qualifies for England under the residency ruling, having been with Castleford for the last three seasons, and is now set to line up against the country of his birth in the 2011 Gillette Four Nations.

“I have thought long and hard about the opportunity of playing for England after I became eligible to play,” said Chase, who last week signed a new contract that will keep him at Castleford to the end of 2015.

“I approached Steve McNamara and explained that I wanted to play for England.”