Meet our New Signings

9th November 2019, 03:52

Meet our New Signings

With pre season training under way, preparations for next season are in full swing. Some new faces will be pulling on the Famous Blue and White of Halifax in 2020. Let's meet them...

PAUL BREARLEY links up with his new team mates following an impressive maiden season in the pro game. A rising starlet in the Championship, the hard-hitting forward is a player with a high ceiling heading into 2020.

Having begun his rugby league journey with Community club Mayfield Mustangs, Paul joined Warrington before returning to Mayfield when things didn't work out as planned.

While turning out for Rochdale Mayfield in 2016, Brearley was selected for the open-age English Lions rugby tour of Fiji, the highest achievement in the community game.

His raw talents didn't go undernoticed for long as he was soon spotted by scouts at the Foxes Biscuits Stadium. Paul joined Batley Bulldogs on trial from the amateur ranks, eventually signing a one year deal, posting 6 tries in 25 appearances.

Standing at 6'7, the Towering back rower is an imposing presence in the defensive line, and has been desribed as 'smart but agressive' with ball in hand.

With his first professional season under his belt, we're looking forward to following his progress under the tutorledge of Simon Grix.


A Second Rower who can also turn out in the centres, MATT GARSIDE is well liked around the league, being described by Mark Aston as 'a pleasure to coach'.

Matt made his pro debut for Gateshead Thunder back in 2010, before enjoying spells with York, Sheffield, London and Bradford. He was instrumental in the 2012 Sheffield side that went on to win the Grand Final. He also made back to back Super 8s Qualifiers with London Broncos in the 2016 & 2017 seasons.

The versatile 29 year old is an experienced and proven Championship player who fills the hole created by the departed Shane Grady. Fans will be keen to see their new man in action.


SCOTT GRIX will be a familiar name already, having spent the latter part of 2019 on loan at his hometown club, before confirmation of his signing and a second permanent spell at The Shay.

The 35 year old first signed for the Fax Academy as a teenager from community club King Cross Park before progressing through the ranks to earn a first team shirt.

Grix went on to make over 350 career appearances before finally returning to the place where it all began.

An accomplished international during his time in Super League, Scott earned 22 caps for Ireland and played in Three World Cups for the Wolfhounds. He also carried the role as Captain which demonstrates his sterling leadership skills.

Grix gave up his coaching job to continue his playing career with Halifax, a move which Giants staff described as a 'tough blow' due to his respected status within that club. But a chance to link up with brother Simon once more seemed too good to turn down.

With a pre season under his belt and a chance to mentor our younger players, Scott looks likely to have a positive influence on the blue and whites in 2020.

He is also considered to have scored one of the most important tries in the clubs history, as his score saved Fax from back to back relegations back in 2004.


Another player joining the club after a 2019 loan spell, KEEGAN HIRST moves from Wakefield Trinity to take a place in the Fax pack for 2020.

Another experienced operator, the Forward has made over 250 career appearances so far and shows no signs of slowing.

Having started his professional career with Hunslet in 2008, Hirst went on to establish himself at this level during spells with Dewsbury , Batley (twice) and Featherstone. Was a part of the most successful Bulldogs side in recent times, having played a big role in that clubs shock run to the Qualifers in 2016.

His form at The Foxes Biscuits Stadium earned him a long awaited shot at Super League. He was snapped up by Wakefield, where he would spend 3 seasons.

Fax Fans always admire a big presence in the forward pack, and if Hirst can recapture the form he showed throughout his last showing in the Championship, he has the chance be a real leader around the group.

Keegan is also a bit of a celebrity having appeared on television shows including channel 4's First Dates.


With Johnston departing for York, TOM GILMORE has been handed the task of sparking the Fax attack moving into a new decade.

Described as an organising half back with a cool head and a strong kicking game, Gilmore is chasing a fresh start in Yorkshire, and is charged with bringing game management skills to Simon Grix's outfit.

The Widnes native, who came through the academy at his hometown club, made his Vikings Super League debut in 2012 as a teenager and went on to make over 60 appearances for the Chemics, scoring over 200 points.

A member of the England Knights squad in 2018, fans will be hoping that, if he can reach his potential, fax could be an exciting team to watch in the coming years.


It's been a long time since Fax could boast of signing of player with the calibre to have once held the title of 'Super League's Fastest Man'. But back in 2011, that title was held by new addition JODIE BROUGHTON.

Broughton joins the club from Super League outfit Catalan Dragons looking to 'make up for lost time' following an unlucky spell with injuries in recent times.

The Yorkshireman enjoyed 11 seasons in the top flight, having made his Super League debut for Hull FC in 2008.

The speedy winger is a big unit with pace to burn, which if used to its potential, can be lethal. He boasts an impressive trying scoring return, having touched down 122 times in 198 career appearances.

If he can recapture some of the form in a Fax shirt, it won't be long before you hear his name bellowing out from the South Stand Faithful.


A big welcome to all and here's to a successful season ahead #ForwardTogether