Halifax RLFC are pleased to announce the signing of Welsh International Forward Dan Fleming from Toronto Wolfpack on a 2-year deal.
Halifax-born Fleming joins the club from the newly-promoted Canadian outfit having made 15 appearances during their inaugural season in 2017. The former King Cross amateur has represented Wales on 6 occasions, scoring 2 tries.
"It's massive for me coming home back to Halifax", said Fleming. "I grew up across the road from Thrum Hall and I now live five minutes away from the ground so it's great to come back to my hometown. My brother and I have been Halifax fans all of our lives. Even when I played elsewhere, I always got down to watch the team when we had days off so to represent my hometown club is massive."
"I spent some time at Castleford, Bradford and then Toronto last year and it's been a good experience. But I'm hoping to kick on now down at Halifax. The club has shown what they can do off the field and obviously on field as well, making the Qualifiers last year beating Hull KR in that final home game so I'm excited to get started and look forward to learning from Richard Marshall."
"I can only say good things about Toronto. They were very good with the way they've handled my move to Halifax, especially with me having a young family. It was a great experience out there but I'm looking forward to getting back down here, playing a fair few games and then hopefully better things."
Head coach Richard Marshall is happy to have the 25-year-old forward on board for 2018 and beyond.
"We needed some experience in the front row and Dan is a proven super league player. He's durable, he's robust, he's big and he's going to offer us quite a lot of impact. I'm looking forward to working with him. I've monitored his career over the last 2/3 years, he's always been on our radar and he's a Halifax lad which is the icing on the cake really."
"He will work in our community set up. His family are Halifax fans and we're going to welcome them all into the Fax Family and I'm looking forward to seeing him do his work in the community and enhancing our reputation in the schools as well."
"The club has acted quickly in securing Dan on a 2-year contract and we wouldn't have brought him in if we didn't think he could improve us. We need some experience around this young team."
“We'd like to thank Laurence Turner of Investing For Tomorrow for his significant financial support which, alongside our elevated season ticket sales, has helped us to get this deal over the line."
"I must also thank Paul Rowley and Martin Vickers at Toronto for agreeing to release him and his agent Dave Peet for making sure this move got finalised. I think it's a great amicable fit for both clubs."
"He has a young family and wanted to be closer to home having traveled to Manchester for training and to Canada for games so Halifax was his first choice destination. We didn't mess around when we heard he was going to be available as I'm sure he wouldn't have been short of offers from other clubs."
Fleming will be available for immediate selection and could feature in Sunday's pre-season friendly against Featherstone Rovers.