BEN Black is hoping that his injury-blighted season is firmly behind him as he looks to help spearhead Fax’s push towards the Co-operative Championship play-offs.
The Aussie half-back missed the 14-12 victory over Sheffield last time out with a combination of knee and shoulder injuries.
However, he has now been given a clean bill of health and will look to get his campaign up and running proper in Thursday’s tough televised encounter with the table-topping Centurions at the Leigh Sports Village (7.30).
“All year I have had niggling injuries, which hasn’t been the best,” said Black.
“I missed the Sheffield game really just to give the problems a rest knowing that we had a bit of time until we played Leigh.
“I feel good and ready and I am looking forward to getting back out on the field.
“I just hope that all the problems are behind me now and that I can enjoy a good run of games to the end of the season.”
Black knows that Thursday’s game will provide a stern examination of the new-found confidence surging through the camp following the Sheffield result.
He also believes the fact that Fax have had a week off since their last hit out could work in their favour against a side who were made to work hard in the second half as they carved out a 48-38 success at lowly York on Sunday.
“Leigh are the benchmark this year and playing them is always a tough ask,” added Black.
“But we will be going into the game that little bit fresher with them having played on Sunday, and that could become a factor
“Confidence certainly isn’t a problem after the Sheffield game. We needed a win as we had made a slow start and the fact that we achieved what we wanted has given everybody a lift.
“Training has been really good and very intense, in fact it has lifted 110 per cent. We know it is going to be a difficult game but we are up for that and we will be well-prepared.”
No matter what happens at Leigh, Black is still convinced that Fax have the manpower - and the firepower - to finish in the top six this season.
“We will definitely make the play-offs,” said Black. “We are a good side who have been a little bit unlucky with injuries so far.
“But players are coming back all the time and I have no worries on that score - we will finish in the top six.”