Halifax RLFC have completed the signing of 17-year-old Kian Morgan, following a successful trial with the club.
The local full-back, who can also play in the halfs and at centre, has featured in both of Fax's pre-season friendlies so far against Bradford and Wakefield respectively.
"He's come into our environment for the opportunity to play rugby," said Head Coach Richard Marshall. "He's been in and around the first team for the last 3 weeks and he's clearly got some ability. There were a few clubs sniffing around so we acted and offered him a contract."
"Physically, he's not developed enough yet but he's got some skills and attributes. He's got good agility, pace, he's tough and he reads the game well at Full Back. There are still some things that he needs to improve but he'll get that chance here."
The former Wakefield Trinity Academy player, Brighouse Rangers and Moldgreen amateur was first brought to Marshall's attention by reserves coach Martin Gonzalez.
"All credit goes to Martin for running the reserve grade and giving these lads opportunities. We did a couple of opposed sessions with the reserves and he showed up really well. He dragged Will Sharp into touch and did some things that I liked and I sort of thought 'Who's this kid here'. He's only 17. He's a baby and one for the future but we took a punt on Morgan (Punchard) a few years ago and we're looking for the same development pathway with Kian."
"He'll play in our reserve grade initially and we'd like to help him develop his potential and progress through our ranks."
"They've all got to start somewhere and again, it's testament to the work Martin and Steve (Greenwood) do with the reserve grade, along with the backing of our sponsors and Supporters Trust. The fact that we run a reserve grade means we are approached
by players and parents who want to be a part of what we're doing here at Halifax."