Halifax Panthers are delighted to announce the signing of Nick Rawsthorne who joins the club on a one-year deal from Hull K.R.

The Halifax born speedster re-joins the club where he originally burst onto the scene after coming through our reserve grade side back in 2016 scoring 4 tries in 7 first team appearances and catching the attention of a host of Super league sides including Hull FC who he would then go on to join for the 2017/18 Super League campaign.

After scoring 2 tries in 3 games for the black & whites and a number of loan moves where the try scoring continued, Rawsthorne then earned a move to Toronto Wolfpack and became one of the most prolific scorers in the Championship, scoring 27 tries in 34 games for the Canadian outfit.

The 25 year old who stands at 6’1 can play at centre, wing or full back is also a former England Academy rugby union star and becomes Simon Grix’s TENTH new signing ahead of the 2021 campaign and the third in just three weeks to join from Super League with Amir Bourouh and Sam Hewitt also recently joining the Panthers.

The signing is seen as a major coup for the Panthers who have moved quickly to replace Shaun Robinson who only yesterday announced his retirement fro the game.

New signing Nick was clearly delighted to be home, 

“Absolutely buzzing to be back at Halifax, it’s my hometown club and where it all started properly for me.”

“We’ve got a really exciting squad for this season and I can’t wait to get stuck in.” 

“Thanks to everybody involved for getting me back here.”

Head Coach Simon Grix on the move to bring Rawsthorne back to The Shay, 

“I have said previously we are looking for new recruits and waiting patiently for the right ones. Shaun hanging up his boots moved us along a little quicker and we are really happy to welcome Nick back to his home town club.”

“Nick left us as we couldn’t provide the full time environment he wished to test himself in. He comes back with a point to prove and an opportunity to kick start his career after a tough 18 months.”

“He displayed his undoubted potential in his first stint and has learnt plenty in some good environments over the last few years. He returns with more experience and adds to the competition in our back line.”

Football Director Ian Croad on the return of Rawsthorne, 

“I remember meeting a young Nick in 2016 with his grandad, after Martin Gonzales convinced him back to the game. Truth is we always felt like “the one that got away” when he left. I know Nick will do justice to the shirt, I’m really looking forward to seeing him play.”


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