Halifax have signed the former Featherstone prop Tony Tonks on a two year contract.
Tonks, rated as one of the best props outside Super League over the last three seasons, left Rovers in the wake of their Grand Final win last autumn to join Super League outfit Huddersfield.
But the former Bradford junior’s top flight chance was wrecked by suspension and a broken arm and he signed a short term deal with Fax earlier this summer after negotiating his release from the Giants.
Rovers are believed to have been keen to take the 27 year old back to Post Office Road, but that speculation ended last night when he signed a deal that will keep him with Karl Harrison’s Northern Rail Cup winners until the end of 2014.
“Featherstone were very keen to have Tony back, but he’s liked what he’s seen so far and he wants to be part of it, which is pleasing for us,” said Harrison, who signed Tonks as a teenager for the Bulls.
“He’s had a disrupted year, with injuries and the way things worked out at Huddersfield, but we all know what a player he was for Rovers: He was the heart of their team, their enforcer.
“In fairness, he’s still finding his feet at the moment and we need to make sure we get the best out of him over the next few weeks.
“But he’s certainly someone I’m looking forward to working with over the next couple of seasons.”
Full back Ryan Fieldhouse won the Player of the Year prize at last night’s supporters’ awards bash at the Shay, with Dane Manning picking up the prestigious Players’ Player trophy.
Fieldhouse, the former BARLA skipper who only turned professional last summer after a glittering amateur career, recently signed a new deal to keep him at the club next season.