Cory Aston makes move back up north to join new club

Drew Darbyshire
Cory Aston

Halifax have signed half-back Cory Aston from London Broncos on a two-year deal.

The 26-year-old has made almost 150 career appearances for Sheffield, Featherstone, Bradford, Castleford, Newcastle and London.

Aston becomes Halifax’s fifth new recruit for 2022. The Panthers have already confirmed the signings of Joe Keyes, Lachlan Walmsley, Brad Knowles and Titus Gwaze.

Aston said: “I’m delighted to be a Panther for at least the next two years. Halifax is a big club with a big fanbase and I can’t wait to pull on the blue and white jersey.

“I’m really looking forward to what should be an exciting 2022. Simon (Grix, coach) has brought in some great additions to what was already a very strong squad and I can’t wait to get started next week.”

Halifax coach delighted with Cory Aston signing

Halifax coach Simon Grix said: “Cory has a lot of experience in the Championship which will really help us.

“He is a game management type of player, with a good feel for the flow of a game. He appeals to us as he has shown ambition in his career and certainly has the hunger to continue to improve.”

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Elsewhere in the Championship: Danny Kirmond to go around again in 2022

Danny Kirmond tackles Craig Hall

York’s Danny Kirmond tackles Craig Hall of Featherstone

Veteran forward Danny Kirmond will play on in 2022 after signing a new one-year deal with York.

Kirmond, who turns 36 in November, joined the Knights ahead of last season after nine years with Wakefield in Super League. The back-rower made 18 appearances for York last season.

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