Halifax RLFC: Strong start is Chandler's target

HALIFAX'S new pack recruit Joe Chandler is aiming to take another step towards a place in Matt Calland's first choice line up in Sunday's pre-season clash with Batley.

And the 22 year old, who began his career with Leeds before bursting on to the Championship One scene with Oldham in 2010, will be on familiar territory.

"I live just inside the Batley boundary so I know a few of their lads," said Chandler, who made a try-scoring start to his Fax career with a first half touchdown against Bradford at Odsal last weekend.

"It's a big game for me personally and I'll be looking to get out there and smash them.

"I need to take these chances and stake my claim for a place in the side.

"It was good to get started last week and it went well in the first half especially, it was just a shame about the final score.

"We didn't see much ball in the second half and we need to address that before next week.

"But it was the first game: I'm still working out which lines to run off people and stuff like that.

"It was good to get a try on debut and hopefully there'll be a few more to come."

Just where Chandler fits into Calland's plans remains to be seen.

The Fax boss has already identified his potential as a front rower, although he operated in the back row against the Bulls.

"It depends whether I can fill out a bit more, because I need to put some size on for prop really," said Chandler.

"You look at Frank Watene and some of the other front rowers and they are big lads.

"I'm just happy to play where the coaching staff want me to.

"This is a really big year for me, moving up to the Championship with such a great club. They have given me the chance to prove myself at this level and I hope I can do that."

Bradford have signed Featherstone stand-off Kyle Briggs on a two-year deal as they prepare to sanction Matt Orford's departure.

Orford, who was the Bulls' marquee signing ahead of last season, suffered a shoulder injury midway through the campaign and has been in discussions with the club about securing an early release from his three-year contract.

Once negotiations have been concluded, he is expected to sign for Australian side Canberra, who he started training with on Wednesday.

Briggs, 23, has been brought in by coach Mick Potter to give the Bulls increased options in the halves after playing a part in getting Featherstone to the Championship Grand Final last season.

"It came out of the blue and happened really quickly but it was an opportunity I just couldn't turn down," Briggs said.

"To get the chance to join Bradford is fantastic and I'd like to thank Featherstone for agreeing to release me to join the Bulls.

"I'm sad to be leaving there but opportunities like this don't come round that often. I owe a lot to Daryl Powell and Ryan Sheridan at Featherstone. They've done wonders for me over the last couple of years."