Halifax forward Andy Bracek has warned that Championship new boys Workington will be a “different proposition” on home soil in 2013.
The Wales international spent 2012 with Barrow, battling against Town in the Championship One promotion race.
And after Workington opened their league account with a tense 14-10 win at Swinton - who included a staggering nine Warrington Wolves players in their line up - Bracek emphasised that Sunday’s round two trip to Derwent Park will be anything but easy.
“If you play Workington away, they are a different proposition,” said Bracek, who pushed Scott Murrell for the man of the match honours as Fax got off the mark with an 18-10 success against champions Sheffield.
“They grow an extra pair of legs when they’re on their own field.
“The pitch is like a postage stamp and they’re a big, big side; the centres are the same size as the props.
“The Aussie Jarrad Stack in the back row is a really good player and Peter Lupton’s there now; he’s got a nice pass on him and he’ll hurt you if you let their forwards get on top.
“I don’t think it will be dissimilar to the Sheffield game; it’s going to be a real battle.”
Bracek enjoyed a solid pre-season with Fax, but stepped up a gear against the Eagles with a performance that drew lavish praise from coach Karl Harrison.
“There’s a big difference,” said the former St Helens and Warrington player.
“You can’t sugar coat it; it’s a lot harder to get up for a friendly than a competitive game like that one.
“It’s the first round of the competition, you’re playing against the champions and you know you have a point to prove as a team.
“I was never in any doubt that we would put it together when it mattered, but it’s still pleasing when you manage to do it.
“It was boggy, it was slow and you just need to roll your sleeves and be tougher than the opposition.
“I felt that we did that.”