Halifax Panthers are delighted to announce that star half back Joe Keyes has signed a new contract extension with the club, keeping him at The Shay until the end of the 2024 season.

Keyes has enjoyed numerous stand out performances since his move from Super League side Hull Kingston Rovers last off season, most notably breaking a club record for most points scored in a game with 34 against Workington Town, a record previously held by retired fan favourite Steve Tyrer.

The Ireland international, who was ever present for the Wolfhounds at the recent Rugby League World Cup, played in every game during his debut season with Halifax, scoring 13 tries to add to his 110 goals.

The 27 year old went on to become a major force in a Panthers side that won 20 league games to race into the 2022 play offs before falling just short against York in the eliminators. He was nominated for the 2022 Betfred Championship Player of the Year, as well as cleaning house at the clubs annual end of season awards.

And the scrum half was ecstatic to lengthen his Panthers career for at least another year.

“I’m over the moon to be playing for the Panthers again in 2024”, said Keyes. “I’ve absolutely loved my time here so far so I was over the moon to get signed up for another year. We’ve got a great set of lads and are building nicely and I’m excited to be a part of it.”

Panthers head coach Simon Grix was happy to have tied down his talismanic playmaker for another season at The Shay.

“Extending Keyesy was a no brainer really for us and I’d like to think for him too. His time at Halifax has been spent happy and that’s transferred into his performances. He is a very talented player who allows others to play well through his game management.”

“As a club and as a staff, we have provided him with the trust he needed to build his confidence and develop his consistency, the rest is on Joe and his relationships with his team mates.”

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