Halifax prop Luke Ambler believes there is “something special” happening at the Shay ahead of Sunday’s Super 8s opener against Widnes Vikings (3.0).
Ambler, a former Ovenden junior, could return from a three-month injury lay off against the Super League outfit after making a comeback to full training this week.
The former Leeds and Salford front rower has not played since rupturing knee ligaments in the Summer Bash fixture against Bradford in May, but his spell on the sidelines has given him the chance to take stock of the progress being made under rookie coach Richard Marshall.
“There is something special happening, I think everyone can feel that,” said Ambler.
“There was such a buzz around the ground when we beat Bradford the other week; everyone in the ground could feel it.
“That’s what happens when you are building something and you can see what Rich and the club are doing, not just on the field but behind the scenes as well.
“We’re going to be underdogs for the next seven weeks against teams like Widnes, but there have been times over the last three months when I think we’ve been written off.
“But we’ve turned up, put the performances in and the results have come on the back of that.
“If we continue to turn up with that mentality, we’ll try and shock a few people in the Qualifiers.
“It’s exciting for the players and I think we’re all looking forward to it.”
Ambler doesn’t know whether he will be involved against the Vikings, although he insists he is ready to hit the ground running if Marshall gives him the nod.
“I started straight line running a couple of weeks ago, but this week has been my first full week training with the boys,” he said.
“It’s been a frustrating 11 weeks or whatever, but I’m happy with where I am now.
“I’ve worked hard and I want to play, so if Rich gives me the call I’ll be ready.
“At the same time, if he wants to leave it another week or two weeks, I’d understand that as well.”