Cook joins Fax on trial

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Halifax have taken the former Sheffield and Toulouse hooker Craig Cook on trial.

Cook, who has been out of the game since leaving Dewsbury last summer but was a spectator at the Shay for Sunday’s 30-20 win over Keighley, is currently recovering from minor knee surgery.

But he is due to start training with Fax this week, with a formal month-long trial to follow.

“Craig’s a good player with plenty of experience at this level,” said coach Karl Harrison, who is currently rotating brothers Karl and Craig Ashall at number nine and also has the former Warrington junior Keith Holden on the books.

“He’s had a bit of a knee clean out, so he’s not in top shape, so we need to get him fit first.

“But he’ll come in this week and then we’ll look at an official trial beyond that.”

Cook seems unlikely to figure in tonight’s ‘opposed training’ session with Melbourne Storm at the Shay (5.30 approx), with Harrison admitting even he is unsure exactly what the Australian Premiers and their coach Craig Bellamy are expecting.

“I’ve not spoken to anyone from Melbourne directly, so we’ll see what they want to do,” said Harrison, whose side’s next league game is on Sunday at York’s Huntington Stadium (3.0).

“I think we’re probably cannon fodder for them, in the same way we’d use our under 20s, but it should be a great experience for our boys.

“The chance to learn from players of that calibre is one that doesn’t come around very often at Championship level.”

Turnstiles at the Shay open at 4.30pm, with admission £2.50 for adults.