Halifax Panthers are delighted to announce the signing of Charlie Graham on a season long loan from League One neighbours Keighley Cougars.

Graham initially joined the Cougars following his release from Hull FC ahead of the 2021 season, having made the switch to Super League from Wharfdale RUFC as a 17 year old following a string of impressive performances for the highly acclaimed Sedbergh School in the 2017 Rosslyn Park 7s tournament.

An agile three quarter with speed and strength, Graham joins a Panthers side low on numbers in the outside back department. He possesses an impressive strike rate, notching up 49 tries in 75 appearances during his four seasons at Cougar Park.

The 24 year old will join the ranks at The Shay and immediately go into contention for selection ahead of Saturday’s Betfred Championship clash with Toulouse Olympique XIII (6pm kick off). And Graham was happy and ready to get going in new colours.

“I’m really excited to be joining the club and getting stuck in to it and more importantly getting some wins”, said Graham. “It’s a great club with such a great team and fan base that I can’t wait to be a part of. I’m looking forward to getting going.”

Panthers head coach Liam Finn commented: “We’re delighted to get Charlie over the line and get him into training with us”, said Finn. “I don’t think it’s a secret that we’ve been light on outside backs since the very start of the season. We’ve been keeping an eye on Charlie and what’s been going on with him so when he became available, we moved pretty quickly to get him in. We’re excited to have him here.”

“He’ll add competition for places, competition in training and bring that competitive instinct and hopefully, battle his way in for a spot. He carries the ball well, likes to defend on an edge and hit people and he’s hungry to improve and keep getting better which is the type of people that we want here.”

When questioned about his utility value, Finn continued: “I think his desire is to be a centre and I know he’s more than capable on the wing. In our squad, it’s about competing for those spots and showing that you belong in the 17 first and foremost. I see him as a good competent outside back and somebody who is going to challenge this rest of the group for those spots and drive up our standards.”

“He’s ready for a bit of a fresh start. He’s from a Rugby Union background but he’s been at Keighley for a while now and caused some trouble for the teams he’s played against so this is another step for him in his Rugby League journey and a bit of a freshen up for him. It’s a challenge for us all including Charlie but it’s one that we’re all very much up for.”


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