Brearley returns to Halifax

Halifax have announced forward Paul Brearley has re-signed with the club on a one-year deal ahead of the 2021 season. 

The 28 year old towering forward, who stands at 6’7″, can play prop or back row and began his career at Community club Rochdale Mayfield, where he was captain, before joining Batley Bulldogs, scoring 6 tries in 25 appearances.  

Brearley then joined Fax, and made five appearances for the club in 2020, scoring one try.

In the short season at Fax he impressed scouts enough to earn a Super League contract with Toronto Wolfpack for 2021 but their rejected application and subsequent demise left Brearley without a contract.

Reacting to the news, he said: “It’s good to be back and I’m grateful for the opportunity. I was settling in nicely before the lockdown and hoping to kick on from where I left off.

“Can’t wait to get back on the pitch in front of the fax fans hopefully sooner rather than later.”

Head Coach Simon Grix added: “Paul went under the radar this time last year as a bit of an unknown to our fans, but impressed in the little time we had.

“Obviously he had opted to have a crack at Super League with Toronto, but it hasn’t worked out so we welcome him back to pick up where he left off.

“He was gaining in confidence and a pleasure to coach in a sense that he was going out and applying what we had worked on.”

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