Cook Islands international Adam Tangata has re-joined Halifax Panthers side playing in the second-tier rugby league competition in the UK.
Panthers are delighted to announce the signing of Adam Tangata who joins the
club until at least the end of 2022.
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
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
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.
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.
head coach Simon Grix was delighted to secure the services of the explosive
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.
left on both occasions for something we couldn’t offer and I feel he is
definitely coming back an improved player from those experiences.
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.”
director Ian Croad said: “We never really wanted Adam to leave, however he
fulfilled most players ambition of playing at a higher level.”
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.”
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.”