Halifax RLFC capture Ben White

5th November 2018, 12:30

Halifax RLFC capture Ben White

'Best back in the Illawarra division' signs on a 1-year deal.

By Jacob Kilbride

Halifax RLFC are delighted to announce the signing of half-back Ben White on a one-year deal.

White, a former England youth squad member, began his career at Leeds Rhinos before moving to Swinton Lions in 2015, earning a nomination for the League 1 Young Player of the Year in his debut season.

The 23-year-old becomes Halifax’s third new signing of the off-season, following winger Shaun Robinson and prop Ben Kavanagh, and comes to the MBi Shay Stadium after a spell in Australia with Berkeley Eagles, where he won the award as the best back in the Illawarra Division in 2018. He has also just been named in the German international squad.

“After speaking to Richard Marshall and hearing about the direction the club are heading, it was a no brainer to sign for the club,” said White.

“The club have played some good rugby and have been serious contenders in the Championship over the past few years.”

“I’m looking forward to meeting the lads and hopefully adding to the success they’ve had over the past few seasons.”

Head coach Richard Marshall added: “I’ve been aware of Ben since his days at Swinton and we always had a difficult job when facing him.”

“He’s spent the last year in Australia, where’s developed his toughness, his physical and kicking game. We’re looking forward to working with Ben and seeing how he can develop here.”

“We needed some more competition at full-back and in the halves and he can also play at centre as well. He’s an exciting young prospect who we think has got his best years ahead of him and hopefully we can see that here at Halifax.”