BEN Black will make his long-awaited return to action at York tomorrow night - and the Australian half-back is champing at the bit.
Black has not featured for than a month after undergoing surgery on a troublesome knee problem. However, he has worked hard to build up his fitness since the operation and confirmed that he will be in Damian Ball’s squad for the trip to the Huntington Stadium.
“I have to say that I am just excited to be back playing again,” said Black. “I had a chat with Damian and he said I would be coming on from the bench at York and I have to be happy with that.
“I wasn’t sure I would get straight back into the team because the guys have been doing pretty well, and young Bowman has taken his opportunity to impress, so I can’t complain.”
Black’s return has come at the right time for the player who admits to relishing the big occasions.
And with Fax having secured their place in the Championship play-offs Black is targeting two victories from their final regular season fixtures against York and Hunslet to give them a boost ahead of the bigger games to come.
“It is coming up to the business end of the season now and those are the games I really love playing in,” he added.
“We can still make fourth spot so that is what we are focusing on at the moment and not worrying about what anybody else is doing.
“We want to go into the play-offs with plenty of confidence so we will not be allowing our standards to drop.”
Both York and Hunslet are involved in a battle to avoid relegation and that factor, Black believes, could make them more dangerous opposition than some people may expect.
“York are fighting for their lives to stay up, as are Hunslet, so these could be dangerous games for us,” said Black.
“They are going to be really up for it so there is no way we can take anything for granted.
“York will also be looking for a reaction to having over 60 points put past them at Leigh last Sunday so they will want to make things difficult for us.”
Black is confident that he will be ready when Ball gives him the nod, having built up his fitness over the past few weeks.
“The knee feels perfectly fine,” he added. “I started a bit of contact work and it held up okay so I am feeling pretty confident that there will be no problems. I just can’t wait to get back out on the field.”