Halifax Panthers are delighted to announce that Will Calcott has signed a new one year deal with the club, keeping him at The Shay until the end of the 2023 Betfred  Championship season.

Halifax born Calcott has risen through the ranks at the Panthers to earn a regular spot in Simon Grix’s starting line up, having progressed through the academy system at Calderdale College before graduating to the first team from the clubs reserve grade system.

The 24 year old made his first team debut in a Super 8s Qualifiers match at Leigh Centurions in 2017, and has continued to improve year on year in both stature and confidence. He has shown real consistency so far during the 2022 campaign, picking up the man of the match award during the Panthers 24-12 win at Whitehaven in Round 15 to add to some strong showings in the Fax front row.

Calcott has made 18 appearances so far this year, scoring his first competitive try for the club in the Premier Sports televised victory over play off rivals Batley Bulldogs at The Shay in Round 22 of the Betfred Championship.

“I love playing here so I’m over the moon to be staying with Halifax,” said Calcott. “I spoke to Simon about it and where I’m at right now in my career, I thought it was a
good idea to stay here. Obviously, I’m starting to fit in more and the lads are great here so it’s quite an easy choice to make and I’m happy about it.”

“It’s been coming for a few years but I think I’m getting there now. My body is developing better and my attributes in the game are developing to allow me to be a starting front rower in the Championship.”

Panthers head coach Simon Grix was happy to see his young prop continue his development at The Shay.

“At lot of time has gone into Cally and he’s invested a lot of time in us as well. And I think he’s been stringing together some really good performances. At the beginning of the year he found it difficult to nail down a spot which had him questioning what his place at the club was and where it was all going. I challenged him to create his space and take it as it’s your performances that will get you in the team and he got the bit between his teeth after playing a number of games back to back and he’s starting to progress.”

“I think he’s starting to realise some of his potential now which is good. He’s a local lad
and I know he really enjoys it here and it means a lot to him to play for Halifax so I’m happy to have him for another year and there’s no reason why that couldn’t turn into another 5 years, who knows.”

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