TOP try-scorer Paul White has become the first of Fax’s current squad to commit for 2012 after signing a new one-year deal last night.
White, who has scored 25 tries during a stellar season, is believed to have rejected a better financial offer from a rival Co-operative Championship club to stay at the Shay.
And incoming boss Karl Harrison, who has become directly involved in the club’s recruitment since Fax knocked his Batley side out of the play offs a week ago, told Courier Sport he has also finalised his first deals for players outside the current squad.
But the 47 year old confirmed he will not release the names of any new recruits until Fax’s 2011 season is over.
“There are deals already done behind the scenes, but those will be kept quiet for now,” said Harrison.
“It would be unfair on the players and Damian Ball to do anything else.
“I’m delighted to have kept Paul though, he’s an outstanding finisher who works hard for the team as well.
“I’m sure there will be more players following his lead in the next few days.”
Harrison admitted some of Fax’s existing squad were effectively still on trial, giving Sunday’s make-or-break play off fixture at Sheffield even greater significance.
“Some of them have been highlighted as must keeps; some of them still need to impress,” said Harrison.
“But the door is certainly not shut to them.
“I know they have big games in them and they hopefully have three more games to show the new coach they are worthy of a spot for the next 12 months at least.
“Some people, like Paul White, have been offered contracts; some people have not, but all that could still change.
“The club’s budget was cut last year and it will be cut again this year; there is less money in the competition and people’s salaries are going to have to come down again.
“We will still attract players though, because people still want to play for us.”
Crusaders chief executive Rod Findlay has announced his resignation following the Welsh outfit’s withdrawal from Super League.
Findlay, the Rugby Football League’s former in-house lawyer joined Crusaders last December after they came out of administration.
He joins an exodus that includes coach Iestyn Harris.