By Jacob Kilbride
Halifax RLFC are delighted to announce the signing of Scotland international prop forward Ben Kavanagh from Super League side Hull Kingston Rovers.
Director Paul Haggerty commented: “On behalf of Halifax, I’d like to give a massive welcome to Ben. He is a top quality player and another signing which I believe shows our ambition and vision for the future of the club going forward. It’s great to see a local lad with such experience come back to play for his home town club. ”
Kavanagh has signed a one year contract with the club, with the option for a further year, and the forward will also work as a Community Coach for the Halifax RLFC Foundation, alongside fellow Fax stars Jacob Fairbank and Dan Fleming.
The 30-year-old has vast experience, having racked up over 200 first-team appearances during his time at Widnes Vikings, Wakefield Trinity, Bradford Bulls and Hull KR.
His displays have also earned him international recognition, being capped 17 times by Scotland and featuring in both the 2013 and 2016 World Cups.
When asked on his thoughts on playing for Halifax, Kavanagh said “I’m a Halifax lad. Even whilst playing for Hull KR I used to come down and watch Halifax play, so it’s something I’m really looking forward to.”
“I think they’ve got a good squad with some talented young lads and so I’m looking forward to adding to that.”
Halifax coach Richard Marshall said: “I’d like to welcome Ben. He’s going to bring a wealth of Super League experience. He is an excellent professional who has played in the top flight for a number of years. We feel his stature within the team will bring on our young forwards like Sion Jones, Harry Kidd and Elliot Morris.”
“He is another player who wants to come to Halifax and I’m sure our supporters will see another local player playing with passion.”
“With Ben's role in working within our community alongside our other two Halifax lads in Jacob and Dan, we have three great role models for our junior supporters to engage and develop with.”