Tangata rejoins Halifax Panthers

Tuesday 20 April 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Rugby league, Sports

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Cook Islands international Adam Tangata has re-joined Halifax Panthers side playing in the second-tier rugby league competition in the UK.

Halifax Panthers are delighted to announce the signing of Adam Tangata who joins the club until at least the end of 2022.

The Panthers have beaten a number of Championship rivals to secure his signature and it gives Simon Grix a major boost to an already formidable looking squad and pack with Tangata renowned for his aggressive tackling and hit ups making him a crowd favourite amongst the Shay faithful who will be delighted to see “Adzy” return.

The 30-year-old Cook Islands international prop rejoins Fax after previously enjoying two successful spells with the club. He initially joined the team back in 2015 and helped the club to three top four finishes and a place in the super 8’s as well as helping the club reach the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup back in 2019.

A larger than life character Tangata who has a smile as big as the Piece Hall has previously represented the Mount Pritchard Mounties in the NSW Cup and also played for the Canberra Raiders Under 20s side before making the move to the UK. He is also known as an adopted son of Halifax who took the Cook Islander to their hearts from the word go.

Tangata has also represented Widnes Vikings where he made an impressive start in 2019 before money troubles hit the club resulting in him moving on. He recently made 12 appearances for Super League side Wakefield Trinity.

Panthers head coach Simon Grix was delighted to secure the services of the explosive prop.

“This has had the potential to happen since he left i suppose. Halifax is home to Adam and, in his 5 or 6 years in the UK, this is the place he has played his best and been truly happy,” Grix said.

“He left on both occasions for something we couldn’t offer and I feel he is definitely coming back an improved player from those experiences.

“It is important to note that out of the half dozen clubs that were in for Adam we sat firmly at the bottom in terms of financial benefit, therefore his heart has certainly ruled his head in one sense, with strong desire to wear our colours again. I am excited to see him renew some old combinations but also create some new with the new crop.”

Football director Ian Croad said: “We never really wanted Adam to leave, however he fulfilled most players ambition of playing at a higher level.”

“He returns back after a full-time pre-season and has a burning desire to help improve what we are about. He will add some size and skill to our middle unit.”

Adam Tangata said: “I’m buzzing to be back at the club and can’t wait to get ripped in with the boys, it’s an exciting time on and off the field at the Panthers and I am looking forward to being a part of it.”

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