HALIFAX have completed the signing of Leigh East full back Ryan Fieldhouse on a professional contract.
Fieldhouse, the son of former Fax and Great Britain forward John, flew back into England on Monday night after captaining BARLA on their four-match tour of Australia.
And the talented number one, who consistently impressed during a handful of trial games with the club in the spring, wasted no time in putting pen to paper on a deal that will initially run until the end of this season.
“We’re really pleased to get Ryan signed up,” said coach Matt Calland.
“He has definitely got potential, I think everyone can see that.
“He’s strong, he’s quick, he’s got great footwork and a fantastic attitude as well.
“He’s not the finished article by any means, but he’s certainly someone me and the rest of the coaching staff are looking forward to working with.”
Fieldhouse’s first assignment as a fully-fledged pro could come in the Co-operative Championship fixture against Dewsbury at Rams Stadium this weekend.
Calland is facing a mini-crisis in midfield, with centre Lee Paterson - who limped off in the first half of last weekend’s 36-28 loss to Batley after injuring his knee - already ruled out of Sunday’s game.
Of the potential replacements, Jon Goddard is still struggling to recover from a rib injury and James Haley only began his return from an ankle problem in last weekend’s under 23 fixture against Widnes, potentially opening the door for Fieldhouse.
“We’ll see how Ryan goes this week,” said Calland.
“He’s coming off the back of a full Conference season, a tour and a long journey home, so it depends on what kind of shape he is in.
“He obviously sees full back as his best position, but he’s played centre before and I have no doubt he could do the job at this level if we need him to.”
HALIFAX are running coach travel to Dewsbury, leaving the Shay at 1.15pm. Seats are £8 for adults and £4 for juniors.
Further details are available from Neil Arber on 077144 88080
HALIFAX’S under 23s endured another evening of nines mismatches at Wheldon Road last night, losing all three matches of the final round of the summer nines tournament.
Martin Gonzalez’s side gave unbeaten Castleford a run for their money, going down 14-11, but suffered heavy losses against Hull KR (36-0) and Wakefield (34-4).