By Jacob Kilbride
Halifax RLFC are delighted to announce that back rower Chester Butler has signed an extension to his contract and will remain at the club until the end of the 2019 season.
A product of the Halifax Reserves, Butler made his Fax debut in August 2016 and went on to play a key role in the Qualifiers last season.
This season, the Welsh international has established himself as a regular in the forward pack, scoring six tries from nine Betfred Championship appearances.
Butler said that he was happy to have been able to commit his future to his hometown side.
“Everyone wants to stick with their hometown club for as long as they can,” said Butler. “I’m enjoying my rugby a lot more this year because I’ve been playing consistently so I’m happy.”
“At the start of the season, it was my aim to be playing more regularly and things seem to have come to me and the hard work has paid off.”
“I’ve enjoyed the positional change this season into the forward pack. I think second rower is more suited to me, but I don’t mind playing in any position for the team. I want to be playing games and if I’m playing games then I’m happy.”
“Things are looking bright for us right now and, even though there’s four full-time teams in our league, as a part-time team we’re pushing hard for a top four place.”
Head coach Richard Marshall expressed his delight at securing Butler’s future with the Blue and Whites.
“Chester has been one of our most consistent performers this year,” said Marshall. “His utility is his strength as he can cover several positions due to his athletic ability. He has come a long way since last season when he was thrust into the Qualifiers competition.”
“The most pleasing aspect about Chester resigning is the fact that without our Reserves he would been lost from the game. Our club values are about investing in youth and local talent. Chester is a shining example of a local player working extremely hard to secure a contract for the 2019 season.”
“He had several other attractive options, but with him developing here so well he felt a further year with his hometown club would be the best move all round.”