Halifax RLFC are pleased to announce the addition of Will Maher on a season-long loan from Super League side Castleford Tigers. The 22-year-old, 6ft5 prop forward is the first player to join following the announced dual registration agreement between the two clubs.
Fax head coach Richard Marshall is happy to have the Cumbrian on board for 2018.
“Will joins us on loan for the full season from our partner club Castleford Tigers. I worked with Will during my time with the England Academy, when he played against the Australian Schoolboys. He’s got a fantastic attitude and went well for Batley last year whilst on loan there. His game time may be limited at Castleford this year and with us being a little light in the forwards, he will add to our young and vibrant pack for 2018.”
Marshall continued, “He is an intimidating figure and will be a huge addition to our go forward. The Cumbrian forward came through the system with our own Brandon Moore and he will feel part of the team in no time.”
“The move wouldn’t have happened without Howard Posner’s instrumental financial support alongside our fantastic season ticket sales, which has helped us to get this deal over the line. With us taking him for the year instead of on dual registration, we are bound to commit financially. He is ours for the season and we hope this is the first quality addition of many throughout 2018.”
Tigers head coach Daryl Powell added: “As a result of our dual registration relationship with Halifax, Will Maher will be spending the 2018 season on loan to both give him consistent game time and give Halifax a player who will help them achieve their goals for the season. Will is a totally committed player who will give everything to drive his own standards and I look forward to seeing him grow through the year.”
Maher made 15 appearances for the Tigers during 2016 and was the first player to graduate from the RFL’s regional academy programme when he linked up with Castleford during 2013.
Speaking today, Maher said: “I’m really looking forward to getting some consistent game time with Halifax and improving my game after a tough 2016 injury-wise. The move will help me grow as a player and develop my career. I’m also looking forward to linking up again with Richard Marshall, after working with him in the England set-up.”
We’d like to welcome Will to the club and wish him good luck for his time here at Halifax.