By Jacob Kilbride
Halifax RLFC are delighted to announce that half-back Ben Johnston has signed a new one-year deal to remain at the club until the end of the 2019 season.
Johnston enters his sixth season with Halifax after joining the club from York in 2014, since racking up over 120 appearances for the Blue and Whites.
The 26-year-old scored a remarkable 11 tries in 28 matches during the 2018 season and he expressed his delight at securing another year with Fax.
“I’m signed for my sixth season now and I know that it sounds a little bit cliché but it feels like home here at Halifax,” said Johnston.
“I’m really comfortable around all of the coaching staff and lads, who make it a really good place to train and play. It was a no-brainer for me to be staying here for 2019.”
“It’s obviously our aim now to get into those play-offs in 2019 and I’m sure that we will do. With the Super 8s, it’s a big ask to be performing against full-time teams each week in that competition, even though we’ll always give it our best efforts.”
“But, with this system, it will probably come down to two or three games at the end of the season and who knows what might happen then?"
Head coach Richard Marshall added: “Ben always turns up at the right time and he’s been great this year for us. There’s still some developing in him and we’re on at him all the time about how good he can be.”
“He’s lightning-quick, spots line breaks and he’s got a really good short kicking game. He has scored and set up some really important tries for this club over the last three years. He was certainly one that we wanted to keep hold and we’re glad to have done so.”