Halifax Panthers are one of the front runners in the Championship in the goal to secure promotion to Super League.
In doing so they’ve created a squad that’s got former Super League players in it as well as players who could certainly mix it at Super League level, such as the brilliant Lachlan Walmsley on the wing.
The Panthers progressed from Round Four of the Challenge Cup this weekend as they defeated Barrow Raiders, avenging their defeat from the league just a week ago.
To aid their league campaign they’ve now made a huge signing of a Super League veteran.
The Panthers have signed Ryan Lannon from Salford Red Devils on a deal until the end of the season.
The 27-year-old has played 88 games in his Super League career with 2017 being his most prolific season when he featured in 17 games.
We can confirm Ryan Lannon has joined Halifax Panthers for an undisclosed transfer fee, bringing to an end an 11-year association with the Club ❤️
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— Salford Red Devils 👹 (@SalfordDevils) April 3, 2023
The back-rower is a major acquisition for Simon Grix’s side in their pursuit of top flight rugby league.
He’s previously played for Halifax and will return with immediate effect, the transfer being made for an undisclosed fee.
Lannon told Salford’s website:“I’ve been at Salford since I was a young kid and part of the set-up for a long while now.
“The support and backing I’ve received over the years has been incredible, and it is something I will always appreciate as take on the next challenge of my career. Stay loud and proud!”
Paul Rowley added:“Ryan leaves with all our sincere best wishes.
“He has had a very disrupted pre-season, and as a result, needs to find some confidence and form. The lads and I will be supporting him at Halifax and look forward to seeing him enjoying his rugby and helping them challenge for a spot in Super League.
“He’s a cracking lad who has been a pleasure to coach and I wish him the best of luck going forward!”
Speaking to his new team’s site Lannon said: “It’s great to be back, Obviously, I’ve been here before so I know a few familiar faces and I’m just ready to rip in now with the lads. The move came about pretty easily when I spoke to Grixy and he said what he wanted from the team and from myself as an individual. I made my mind up pretty easily then and signed straight away, I didn’t want to go anywhere else.”
“I pride myself on how hard I work for the team and give 100% every game. I’ll just do anything for the win and earn the respect from my teammates. I’ve got more mature as a player since the last time I was here, I know the game more and understand the game more having played quite a bit of Super League so hopefully you’ll see an improvement in my game from last time I was here.”
“I’m really looking forward to playing at The Shay again. Obviously, it’s been a while and the last time I was here it was great to play there so hopefully it’s same again. I’m really looking forward to meeting everybody again.”