Full-back returns to Halifax Panthers on trial as club captains confirmed

Drew Darbyshire
Joe Martin Dewsbury

Joe Martin previously spent four seasons with Halifax Panthers between 2014-18

Halifax Panthers have confirmed that full-back Joe Martin has re-joined the club on trial as well as announcing their captains for the upcoming season.

The 26-year-old spent four seasons with Halifax between 2014-18. He then took up a permanent contract with Oldham before spending time with Dewsbury and Siddal.

Martin was given the number one shirt at Dewsbury last season before leaving The Tetley’s Stadium.

Halifax coach Simon Grix said: “Joe’s after an opportunity and the timing is right for us to have a look at him.

“He’s a Halifax lad with a good number of games under his belt now after leaving us a few years back. He’s excited to wear our colours again and see where it takes us.”

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Halifax Panthers announce captains for 2022

Adam Tangata
Adam Tangata will captain Halifax in 2022 alongside Jacob Fairbank and Brandon Moore

The Championship club will have three captains for 2022 – Brandon Moore, Jacob Fairbank and Adam Tangata.

Fairbank will captain his hometown club alongside Cook Islands international Adam Tangata and Cumbrian hooker Moore.

Grix said: “As you see with many teams in modern sport the captaincy has shifted from its tradition of a sole leader to leadership groups and co-captains etc.

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“Dependant on what is needed or desired, I have decided to share the responsibility this season between Brandon, Bob and Adam.

“Both Adam and Jacob have this club at heart and are each leaders in their own right within the group. Their actions follow their words and carry weight within our group. Having known both for a while, I can certainly say they are both great team men; and proud to represent our club and town. The three will compliment and fill in one another’s gaps.

“Of course, there are others who show great leadership qualities without the title. I wouldn’t expect that to change, but for us right now Brandon, Adam and Bob will be leading us.”

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