Halifax Panthers can announce that long serving hooker Brandon Moore will leave The Shay ahead of the 2024 season. The 27 year old will depart the club to take up an opportunity elsewhere.
The AB Sundecks 1895 Cup Winning captain began his Panthers career back in 2016, joining the clubs reserve grade system after leaving Castleford Tigers, and quickly rose through the ranks to become a mainstay in the first team squad.
A tough, uncompromising Cumbrian, he would go on to make 188 first team appearances in blue and white, playing a big part in our play off pushes and cup runs, including becoming the first Halifax player to score at Wembley since Neil James in 1988, as he crashed over to help claim the 1895 Cup in August.
“After speaking with Finny in pre season, I’ve made the decision to leave Halifax by mutual agreement, to take up opportunities elsewhere as they may be limited here”, said Moore. “I’ve been at the club for 8 seasons and came in at 19 as a reserve and didn’t expect to be at the club as long as I have. Along the years I’ve met some top blokes who’ve made my time at the club and I’ve made some special bonds that are life long.”
“Even though I’m not a Halifax lad, I always knew how much rugby league meant to the town and it was always an honour to captain the side. I leave the club knowing I always gave my all for the team and gave everything to be a Halifax player. I’d like to thank all players and coaches I’ve met along the way and families within the club that me and mine have built relationships with. I wish the club the best of luck for the 2024 season and beyond.”
Panthers head coach Liam Finn commented on Moore’s departure: “After talking to Brandon during pre-season, I was unable to guarantee him the regular game time he wants and taking into account his service to the club over the years it was the fair and right thing to do to let him search for that at another club. Brandon has been a fantastic player for the Panthers, playing with toughness and commitment every week. I wish him all the best for the future and it’s always sad to lose a long serving player who gave everything to the club.”
Director of Rugby Richard Durgan added: “It’s been an absolute delight to have Brandon around. During his eight years with us, he’s been an absolute warrior for this club. Some big highlights particularly at Wembley which was probably one of the best moments of his career. But he’s an honourable bloke who wants to play every week and the fact is that his opportunities here might be lesser this year. He’s been an absolute servant to the club and will always be welcome back as a legend of this club and that’s not a word we use lightly so we wish him all the best going forward. He’s a decent guy who really wore his heart on his sleeve for Halifax and good luck to him going forward.”
The club would like to thank Brandon for his impeccable service throughout the years and wish him all the very best for the future.