Calland signs new Halifax deal

Halifax coach Matt Calland has signed a new deal to keep him at The Shay until the end of 2011.

Calland took over from Martin Hall in December 2007. He played for Featherstone, Bradford, Rochdale and Huddersfield during his playing career.

“I am looking to build a side that will be ready to go into Super League,” said Calland who became the club’s assistant coach in June 2006.

“When Martin and I came here we had a plan to rebuild the side and we are gradually getting there. We have improved year on year.”

“This club is going places. The stand is being built, we have just started the scholarships and I hope to make some exciting signings for next season.

“I am also looking to tie up the players we already have and would expect some announcements in the next week or so.”

Chief executive Graham Clay was as delighted as Calland that the club and coach had been able to agree a contract extension.

“We have taken a bit of time sorting it out because it is such an important contract for Matt and the club,” said Clay. “The next two years are vital for Halifax’s future.

“We are serious about Super League and think Matt Calland is a coach who can take us there. He has shown confidence in us as a club moving forward.

“The progress he and the team have made over the past few seasons has been fantastic. He is very talented and technically gifted.

“The players and coaching staff all rate him very highly.”

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