Halifax Panthers can announce that long serving utility man Ed Barber will call time on his rugby league career at the end of the 2022 Betfred Championship season.

The 32 year old joined his hometown club initially as a triallist back in 2015, going on to make over 130 appearances to date for Fax during a 8 year spell. Barber has made 13 appearances for the Panthers so far in 2022, scoring 4 tries.

“I’ve absolutely loved my time at Halifax and have had the best 8 years of my career here,” said Barber. “I never expected to play nearly 150 games for my hometown club, creating some great memories that I will never forget. I’ve just reached a point in my life where I would like to take a little step back and spend more time with my family. I would like to thank the club and everyone involved for giving me the opportunity to represent Halifax and I would like to personally thank the amazing Fax fans for all their support. It would be fantastic to end my time at the Panthers on a high note and go out with a bang!”

Panthers head coach Simon Grix commented:

“It’s been Ed’s last year for the last couple of years but we have managed to sway him. This time he is content with getting his rugby fix at a lower level so he can concentrate on both his business and young family. I had hoped to twist his arm again but his mind is made. Ed has been a great servant, playing various positions within the team and adding value every time he wears the blue and white. A very talented player who seems to be able to create something out of things at times. Off the pitch he is a real team man and part of the fabric of this group, selfless on many an occasion and he will certainly be missed.”

“All that said, we still have a way to go before he departs us. As with all departing players, it would be great to give him a great send off at the right time and thank him for his efforts.”

The club would like to place on record our thanks to Ed for his efforts to date in a Fax shirt and look forward to a successful end to the current season with him playing a big part alongside his teammates.

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