Nick Rawsthorne comes out of retirement to make rugby league return

Drew Darbyshire
Nick Rawsthorne Halifax Panthers SWpix

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Former Toronto, Hull and Hull KR outside-back Nick Rawsthorne says he is delighted to make his rugby league return with hometown club Halifax.

The 27-year-old initially announced his retirement after leaving Halifax at the end of the 2021 season, but now returns to the game after just 12 months out.

Rawsthorne came through the ranks at Halifax, making his first team debut in 2016. He then enjoyed spells with Hull FC, Toronto and Hull KR before returning to Fax in 2021.

Rawsthorne said: “I just really missed the game. I thought I needed a year away from rugby league just to concentrate on work and family and things, and I’ve done that. So I wanted to come back and I didn’t want to do that with anyone else except Halifax. I’m buzzing to be back.

“It’ll take me a few weeks to get back into things but I’m feeling good and ready for it.

“Coming back into the group with the boys, it’s like nothing has changed. They’ve been really welcoming and I’m just buzzing to be back and ready to crack on.”

Halifax boss delighted to re-sign Nick Rawsthorne

Rawsthorne has made 81 career appearances for Hull FC, Toronto, Hull KR and Halifax.

Panthers coach Simon Grix said: “Nick has been looking for an opportunity to get back in and we are happy to give him that.

“Nick is well aware this is likely his last shot at resurrecting his career, so it is in his hands to get to the level required to force his face in.

“There has always been potential and undoubtable talent there with Nick, he’s got a fair task on his hands but we are happy to support him in this and see where it takes us.”

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