Halifax confirm seven departures

James Gordon

Halifax have confirmed that seven players will leave the club at the end of the season, including Shane Grady, Ben Johnston, Ben Kaye and Will Sharp.

Sunday’s game against York will give supporters the chance to show their appreciation to the departing quarter, alongside Adam Brook, Harry Kidd and Jordan Syme who will also head for the exit door.

Johnston, 27, has made 13 appearances this season and is set to join his hometown club York, while Grady is also being linked with a return to his hometown club, Widnes, having been sidelined through injury since the end of March.

Former Super League winger Sharp has scored eight tries in 25 appearances, and Kaye has been a regular at hooker.

Halifax coach Simon Grix said: “We made Ben Johnston a good offer to stay but he’s from York and he wants to play for them, and as much as the change will probably do him good, it will probably do us good too.

“Ben Kaye has given us a lot, both on the field and behind the scenes; he’s got an energy about him that motivates people and that’s a role that another player or players are going to have to pick up next year.

“With Will, we’ve got young Conor McGrath coming through and he doesn’t really need any more players in front of him, to be honest.

“Shane’s spent the last six or seven years travelling from Widnes, to play for Dewsbury and then us, but he’s got a young family now which maybe means that’s not as sustainable as it was.”

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