Halifax coach Simon Grix pays tribute to departing duo

Liam Harris in action for Hull in 2018
Liam Harris in action for Hull in 2018

Halifax coach Simon Grix has paid tribute to departing duo Liam Harris and Curtis Davies.

Former Hull half-back Harris, 24, departs after a single season with the Panthers. He scored eight tries in 21 games for the club.

Grix said: “Liam has been good for us this year but he will be moving on for the 2022 season.

“Coming out of a full time environment takes some adjusting as your lifestyle changes significantly.

“This, in addition to the commute to Halifax, has been a real learning curve for Liam and a club closer to home will suit him better at this stage. He goes with our best wishes for what’s next.”

Bittersweet move for Davies

Wales international hooker Davies, 24, leaves Halifax after five years with the club to seek more game time elsewhere.

Simon Grix added: “Curtis leaving is much like his brother where, for me personally, it is bittersweet. He has thrown himself into training, displaying a great attitude and constant example of a highly motivated individual, performing well when called upon.

“Unfortunately, we have reached a stage where Curtis needs to be playing week in and week out and right now, I cannot guarantee that. Curtis understands this and although happy at the club, knows it is in his best interests to move on.

“As with Connor, the door is not closed on a return as their character and commitment to getting better means they will be ones to watch wherever they end up. We wish them all the luck with what’s next and take a keen interest in how they go.”

Halifax have now confirmed the exits of Scott Grix (retired), Conor McGrath, Nick Rawsthorne, Sion Jones, Connor Davies, Curtis Davies and Harris ahead of the 2022 Championship campaign.

Halifax have been strongly linked with a move for hooker Kyle Wood, according to Yorkshire Live. He has recently left Super League club Wakefield upon the expiry of his contract.

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