Bracek on track ahead of Rams warm up

New Halifax recruit Andy Bracek is primed for his second appearance for the club at Dewsbury on Sunday after a successful comeback from close-season knee surgery at Keighley on Boxing Day.

Bracek, the Wales international forward, had not laced a boot in anger since early September last year, having missed all Barrow Raiders’ play off programme with cartilage damage.

But after turning in two solid spells in the Cougar Park mud, the former St Helens, Warrington and Crusaders player reported no ill effects.

“The knee is all good and I thought the boys did pretty well,” said Bracek, who played both prop and second row, setting up a try for Sam Barlow with a clinical second half break downfield.

“I’ve not played since before Barrow’s league programme finished and I’ve had the op as well.

“Of course it’s difficult to come into a new team, but I didn’t find it too bad, especially when I was in the second row and running off Paul Handforth.

“Tiger’s pretty easy to get used to because he really knows the game and he gives you the ball right at the line, which is how I like to play.

“I struggled timing wise early on, but I went better as the game went on. I’d probably give myself a five or a six out of 10 for the first half and a seven or an eight for the second.”

Halifax director Tony Abbott is now the club’s biggest single shareholder after purchasing a 30 per cent stake for £60,000.

Abbott bought the shares through his company and Fax’s main sponsor, Reactiv Media.

Fax chairman Michael Steele and former boss Howard Posner both own 21 per cent, with football director Ian Croad having a 14 per cent stake.