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Halifax Panthers close in on double transfer boost as trio sign new deals

Halifax Panthers close in on double transfer boost as trio sign new deals
Halifax Panthers close in on double transfer boost as trio sign new deals

Halifax Panthers are closing in on two new signings for the 2025 season. The Championship side have been hard at work on their plans for the coming season, with a number of deals now committed or nearing completion.

Jack Hansen, Ronan Dixon and Owen Restall have all been linked with a move to Fax next year, with head coach Liam Finn set to oversee a significant recruitment drive ahead of the new campaign. And now two new names have appeared on the club’s radar who currently play for Championship rivals.




The first is Whitehaven back-rower Owen McCarron, who is in high demand after impressing for the Cumbrian club this season. However, Fax is said to be leading the charge for his services heading into 2025.

The Australian, who previously played in the Queensland Cup for Ipswich Jets, has been a regular for Jonty Gorley’s side this season, with his performances not going unnoticed in West Yorkshire. At 1.88m, McCarron would add to the Fax squad and replace Matty Gee, who is expected to join Bradford Bulls next year.

And another player on Fax’s radar is Joe Hird, a versatile forward who came through the ranks at Leeds Rhinos. Hird, a former academy captain at Headingley, is contracted to fellow Championship side Sheffield Eagles, although he has spent the year on loan at Dewsbury Rams, where he has made 13 appearances this season. Fax has identified the 21-year-old as a player who could be part of the club’s long-term plans.

Fax, who have regularly punched above their weight compared to their rivals despite modest salary cap spending, have already lost halfback Joe Keyes to Bradford, while the Bulls are currently investing heavily in their squad. Ryan Lannon is also departing, to Widnes Vikings.

But they have managed to retain members of their existing squad, with Zack McComb, Jacob Fairbank and Ben Kavanagh all recently signing new contracts with the club. The club hopes that other senior members of the squad will follow suit and commit their futures in the future.

It has been a difficult year for Halifax, with the Panthers currently sitting 11th in the Championship, but they are still just four points off the play-offs with twelve rounds of the season remaining.