Halifax Panthers are delighted to announce the signing of Brandon Douglas on a two year deal from Betfred Championship outfit Sheffield Eagles.

The former Castleford Tigers and Doncaster forward has previously spent time with the club on loan, and will now call The Shay his permanent home from 2024 onwards.

One of the Eagles’ top performers in their run to the 2023 Betfred Championship play offs, the move is a big coup for the Panthers, taking a solid first teamer away from their rivals. The 26 year old forward becomes Liam Finn’s second signing as Fax boss.

And Douglas was excited at the prospect of getting started with his new club.

“It’s great news, I’m really looking forward to it”, said Douglas. “I’ve now obviously finished the season at Sheffield, we got this deal done early as some people might know but I’m looking forward to it and can’t wait to get going now.”

“It was nice to get the deal done and sorted so it was a bit of a stress relief from the season so I could concentrate and enjoy the rest of my time at Sheffield, which I really did. But now it’s moved on and I’m looking forward. I can’t wait.”

“I’ve never really dealt with Finny before. I know a lot of people at Dewsbury where he got League One coach of the year this year, which is obviously a massive accolade, and all the players that were coached by him can’t recommend him highly enough. So I’m really looking forward to working with him and can’t wait to get going.”

“When I was previously with Halifax on loan from Castleford, I was an 18 year old kid and not really ready to come up against the big boys in the Championship every week at that point so I suffered a lot with injuries. In my time away, I think my body has matured and both mentally and emotionally in the game, I’ve grown as well.”

“I’d like to think that I’m coming into my prime now. I’ve had a rough run with injuries so hopefully I can knuckle down and get a good run of injury free years in me.”

Panthers head coach Liam Finn commented on Douglas’ signing: “We’re excited to get Brandon for next season. He’s well thought of by opposing players and will add to an already quality pack and create more competition within the group. He’s still young for a front rower we hope he will play a big part in our pack for now and the future.”

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