Halifax RLFC are pleased to announce Jack Fairbank has signed a 1-year contract with the club. The latest member of the Fairbank rugby league dynasty, Jack joins cousin Jacob at Fax.
“It’s great news and something that I’ve always wanted”, said Fairbank. “Halifax is my hometown club so I’m excited to be joining. Jacob has been here a few years now and my dad played at Bradford so I want to follow in their footsteps. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, turn professional.
I’d describe myself as a bit of a workhorse in the middle really. I like carrying the ball and defence is one of the strong points of my game.”
“I’ve learned a lot over the 2 months I’ve been here so far. I’ve picked up lots of little tips from Rich and couldn’t speak any more highly of him really.”
Fairbank featured in all 3 of Fax’s preseason games this year, getting over for his first senior try in the process.
“I think I slipped over the line really" laughed Fairbank. “I just took it to the line, stepped and managed to get over which is good.”
When quizzed about his prospects for 2018, the Halifax-born forward was rather philosophical about the situation.
“It would be nice to get on the first game of the season but it’s down to the coaching staff. I’ll just keep working hard and keep pushing. I’d like to push for some first-team game time this year, that’s really my main goal for the season.”
Jack is likely to feature mainly for the club’s reserve grade but Richard Marshall isn’t ruling out the possibility that Fairbank could push for a first-team spot.
“Jack came to us for preseason training,” said Marshall. “He wanted to prove himself in preseason training and he’s done that. He’s improved in every game. He’s still a little bit raw to the professional game and we’ve still got a little bit of work to do but we’re really hoping he can push on and progress here. And he’s taken a chance on us so we’ve repaid his faith with a contract.”
“He’s another Halifax lad from the area as well. We’ve had Dan (Fleming) and Adam (Brook) sign recently and he’s got rugby tradition running through his blood so we’re looking forward to seeing him develop. He’s a late starter to the game but he’s done everything that we’ve asked of him and again we’ve given him an opportunity. If he takes it, that’s entirely up to him but we’ll certainly support him with his development here at Halifax.”