Halifax Panthers can today confirm that Nick Rawsthorne has been released from his contract by mutual consent to take up an opportunity elsewhere. The 27 year old utility back came out of retirement to re-join his hometown club at the start of the 2023 Betfred Championship campaign, but will leave The Shay with immediate effect without registering a single first team appearance this season.
Rawsthorne originally came through the Panthers reserve set up to make his first team debut against Bradford Bulls in 2016, before going on to play for Hull FC, Toronto Wolfpack and Hull Kingston Rovers. But he will depart Halifax to take up a contract with another club.
Fax head coach Simon Grix commented: “Obviously, Nick had a year out of the game and in that year off, blokes like Walmsley, McComb and Saltonstall have all progressed. Tibbs can be included in that as well. Nick wanted to come back, Halifax was a good fit for him as it’s where he lives and a good fit for us as we know him. He’s a decent trainer and just a generally good bloke on the whole so we were happy to give him an opportunity but obviously, with those players in front of him going well has hindered his chances.”
“And also, the fact that as a collective we haven’t been going as well as we’d like. That’s probably lead to me putting my trust and faith in people that are doing their job. Had we have been smashing everyone by 60, that’s when it’s easier to go and swap and change. Nick needs to play to get back in a rhythm and he’s not been able to do that for the reasons mentioned. I think this presents a good opportunity for him to go and get his mojo back, if you like and just play consecutive games.”
“He’s got an opportunity which will be revealed in due course to go and play his rugby and get back enjoying it. We’ll certainly be cheering him on and hoping it goes well for him because he’s not done anything wrong. He’s done everything that’s been asked of him, just unfortunate that he’s got a bit in front of him and we are where we are.”
Director of Rugby Richard Durgan added: “Nick has found it hard to get opportunities this season and he wants to play rugby. He’s still hungry to do well so we only feel it’s right that he gets the chance to go and play. Having known him some years personally, I wish him all the best. He’s a great lad with a good attitude and I’m sure he will do well going forward.”
We’d like to thank Nick for his efforts and wish him well for the future.