Kidd, Woodburn-Hall both staying with Fax

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Rookie prop Harry Kidd will stay at Halifax next season after injury wrecked the start of his Championship career.

The student international, who caught the eye of Shay boss Richard Marshall starring for outpost club Gloucester in League 1, arrived at Fax more than a year ago.

But a freak injury in pre-season training left Kidd facing a knee reconstruction and 12 months on the sidelines.

Marshall has always retained faith in the rangy front rower though, taking up the optional second year on his contract.

“Harry’s like a new signing and I genuinely feel that he’s going to become a real asset for us this year,” said Marshall.

“I was in Halifax for a coaches meeting this week and he was there, training with the conditioning staff, and he’s looking in really good shape.

“He’s done that for 12 months now, which is a testament to his commitment.

“I don’t think it will have been a wasted year for him; he’s young, he’s coming out of League 1 and he’s got a lot of learning to do.

“He’s had a year of being around the team, being in the meetings, being in the video sessions, watching us train; he’ll have got plenty of out all that.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing him on the field now.”

Another of the club’s student internationals, the Londoner James Woodburn-Hall, has also been confirmed as having signed a new deal for next season.

Woodburn-Hall, who played Super League for the Broncos when he was still at school, played everywhere in the backline during 2018.

“James is a wonderfully talented player and in our group, he’s arguably the player with the most natural talent,” said Marshall, who emphasised the need for his young charge to find some consistency - and try to steer clear of injury - in 2019.

“He’s a very gifted athlete. He’s smart, he’s switched and he’s an academic as well.

“He’s still young in his development. He needs to string some games together and have a really good off-season.

“If he can string a dozen games together then we can see what the best James Woodburn-Hall is all about.

“He’s a natural ball player and the Championship should look out if he’s on song.”