Competition for places will bring the best out of the contenders for Halifax’s full back berth in 2014.
That’s the verdict of the club’s number one No. 1 Ryan Fieldhouse as the countdown to the new Championship season continues.
Fieldhouse, the son of the former Halifax player John, has dominated the position for the last two seasons.
But new recruit Gareth Potts and young talent Joe Martin have both been given chances in the club’s pre-season fixtures at Castleford and Batley, with another candidate, the former Salford player Jack Holmes, in line for a possible appearance at Featherstone on Sunday.
“There’s a lot of competition for the spot this year,” said Fieldhouse, a former BARLA international who only turned professional three years ago.
“Potts can play there and there are two or three of the young lads we have who are good there too.
“I thought Joe Martin did really well on Sunday for his first game, especially considering it’s 14 months or something since he played a game because of injuries.
“It was a big test for him and he came through pretty good.
“I made my debut at Batley in similar conditions, so I know how difficult it can be.
“But I want to make that shirt my own, that’s my aim.
“I think they’ll bring the best out of me and I want to keep improving.
“I’ve been doing extra work away from training, just trying to get better.
“I just want to keep getting game time and make sure I’m in the side that plays Swinton next month.”