Halifax RLFC are pleased to announce that Ben Kavanagh has signed a new deal with the club ahead of the 2021 Betfred Championship campaign.

Prop Kavanagh is the latest member of Simon Grix’s pack to sign on the dotted line for another year, entering his third season at The Shay Stadium.

The 32 year old joined his hometown club on a permanent deal from Hull Kingston Rovers during the winter of 2018

The former Siddal junior settled in well during his first season, playing his part in the run to the clubs first challenge cup semi final in 31 years. But his second year was overshadowed by an unfortunate injury in Fax’s first outing of 2020.

Kavanagh suffered a dislocated hip during a pre season friendly against Super League side Hull Fc, and was ruled out early on in 2020. Kavanagh was progressing well through his rehabilitation, and an early return to the game looked on the cards. But the arrival of Covid-19 and the cancellation of the Championship season put plans of a return on hold.

But the Halifax-born forward was looking at the positives that the time off has afforded his body and mind.

“I’m happy to hae signed for another year, it’s always good to represent your hometown club. There are some big characters that have moved on and will be missed, but we have made some great signings and are putting together a squad that will be up there next year.”

“It’s not been the best year for me personally through my injury, but with the season getting cancelled it has allowed me a longer period to recover. I’m looking forward to getting back into pre season with some old and new faces and back in to playing some good rugby.”

“Kav has made great progress in his return from one of the worst rugby related injuries I’ve seen,” said Head Coach Simon Grix. “It’s been a slow process of recovery for him and this enforced break hasn’t helped in that respect but he’s well on his way to reminding us what he is capable of in 2021.”

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