Halifax Panthers have officially announced that Jake Maizen, the 26-year-old Italian international, has joined Betfred League One side Hunslet RLFC on a two-week loan deal. Maizen, who joined the Panthers during the off-season from Queensland Cup team Sunny Coast Falcons, will have the opportunity to gain valuable game time with Hunslet RLFC.
Since his arrival at Halifax, Maizen has made 13 appearances, scoring six tries. However, due to the recent signing of Ben Crooks from Keighley Cougars and the impressive form of Ben Tibbs, Maizen has found himself out of the starting lineup in recent matches.
Commenting on the loan move, Panthers head coach Simon Grix said, “Jake is going to head over to Hunslet to get a couple of games under his belt. His form has been inconsistent, and after a few weeks out of the team, we need to get him ready and restore his confidence for a strong run in.”
Maizen will join Alan Kilshaw’s men and immediately be in contention for their upcoming league game against Doncaster this weekend. His addition to the squad will provide Hunslet RLFC with increased depth and competition for places, enhancing their chances of success in the league campaign.
Hunslet RLFC, based in Leeds, is delighted to welcome Maizen to their ranks and believes his experience and skills will bolster their squad. The loan move provides an opportunity for Maizen to showcase his abilities and potentially earn a permanent spot in the Hunslet RLFC lineup.
Both Halifax Panthers and Hunslet RLFC will closely monitor Maizen’s progress during his loan spell, hoping that he will benefit from regular game time and return to Halifax with renewed confidence and form.