Halifax forward Adam Robinson has revealed a 2013 season dogged by injury, insisting he already feels “100 times better” than at any point this year.
Robinson, the former Batley prop or back rower who was one of the stars of Fax’s 2012 campaign, admitted a pelvic problem left him crippled for much of the year.
But after two months of rehabilitation, and a scheduled comeback date against the Bulldogs at the Shay on January 12, the Wakefield junior is confident he will be back to his best sooner rather than later.
“I had problems for pretty much all of last year,” said Robinson.
“My pelvis kept slipping, which basically meant I was running around with my left leg longer than my right leg.
“It didn’t really stop me playing, but it was constantly uncomfortable and a big thing for me was that I couldn’t do any weights because of it.
“I think for about eight months I couldn’t train in the gym, which for a player like me, whose is pretty much all about power, it changed my game completely.
“But I had a break at the end of the year and then went straight into doing rehab and physio and it’s already 100 times better than it was.
“Last week was my first full week on the field, but I’ve done a lot of cardio work and I’m back in the gym, so I already feel fitter than I did all year.
“I won’t play at Castleford on Boxing Day or against Keighley, but I should be back for the Batley game.”
One thing Robinson has observed in his 10 days in full training is a marked difference in Fax’s playmaking options.
So far, boss Karl Harrison has recruited two new half backs in Simon Brown and Ben Johnston, plus hookers Ben Kaye and Paul Mennell, with only captain Scott Murrell and youngster Keith Holden surviving the close-season cull.
“Just from training, the decision making is better and the speed the ball is coming out is totally different,” he said.
“We’ve got three specialist hookers now and there’s a lot of competition for those places.
“We seem to be a lot sharper getting around the park.”
Bradford have been plunged into another financial crisis, although officials insist the club is not on the brink of going back into administration.
The Bulls’ new board of directors told a fans forum that the club’s finances are worse than they were led to believe and that they have “unearthed information which has proved detrimental to the stability of the club”.
Chairman Mark Moore and fellow directors Andrew Calvert and Ian Watt, who took control six weeks ago from previous owner Omar Khan, warned that cutbacks will have to be made and that players may need to be sold as they look to shed £400,000 from their outgoings over the next 12 months.
Bradford went into administration in June 2012 with debts thought to be around £1.5million but were saved by local businessman Khan and MP Gerry Sutcliffe.
The new directors told fans they recently discovered fresh loans that had been taken out against the club.