Championship side Halifax have announced a dual registration link up with 2017 League leaders shield winners Castleford.
The Tigers, who had a previous arrangement with Batley, were believed to favour a link to with Fax due to them having a reserve grade, allowing Daryl Powell to blood some of the promising youngsters in the Tigers ranks.
There are still alot of opposers to the dual reg system but both clubs see this as am important opportunity for the youth players in both squads to gain valuable experience .
Halifax CEO Mark Moore took to the clubs website to express his joy at the new arrangement , saying “We see the relationship with Castleford Tigers as a statement of intent, both in respect of the style of play which will excite our fans, and the high quality of the players available. There will be opportunities for our own youngsters in the Tigers’ Junior sides, and for Tigers Players with our reserves. This is very much a partnership in player development.”
Moore went onto thank Salford Red Devils , who the club had a dual reg agreement with in 2017 and wish them well for the future .
Cas CEO Steve Gill also took to the website to show his satisfaction with the arrangement stating “We welcome the opportunity to link up with Halifax RLFC as our Dual Registration partners. Both Daryl Powell and Richard Marshall are looking forward to sharing ideas and practices with each other, which should be beneficial for all players and coaches. Dual Registration does have its complications but we are looking forward to working alongside Halifax in 2018 and beyond.”
Halifax Coach Richard Marshall later acknowledged that dual reg was a controversial subject but went on to say how when injuries and suspensions bite they are necessary to keep his club competitive . It is believed the arrangement could lead to both game to game and season to season loans .