TOULOUSE forward Ged Corcoran is poised to return to the French side’s line up for Saturday night’s Co-operative Championship opener in the south of France (7.0).
Corcoran, who began his career at the Shay and made his last appearance for the club in the 2004 National League One qualifying final at Widnes, has been out for six weeks after dislocating his elbow in a Northern Rail Cup game at Dewsbury.
But the 27 year old, who signed for Toulouse after leaving Sheffield Eagles at the end of last season, expects to be fit to face Fax.
“It will be six weeks on Saturday, and all being well I will be back playing against Halifax,” said Corcoran, whose younger brother Wayne - a highly rated loose forward - also played first team football at the Shay.
“Even after being away for so long, it’s still a special game for me.
“I never wanted to leave, I was part of the family down at Halifax, and I was happy for them when they won the Grand Final last year.
“The people in charge now seem to be doing a good job and I wish them every success with what they are trying to achieve.
“But our goal is to start the league season strongly and we’ll be aiming to do that on Saturday.”
Corcoran - who reported daytime temperatures in Toulouse of 20 degrees - dismissed last weekend’s NRC defeat at Keighley as “bad day at the office”.
“They were more enthusiastic than us and we didn’t play that well as a team, there was a lot of one-out stuff,” said Corcoran.
“But there have been a lot of changes, I’m new, our hooker Craig Cook is new and the two half backs are both new, and it takes time to settle down.
“Halifax are the champions, but realistically I think this is a competition where any team can beat any other team. That wasn’t the case two or three years ago and I think it makes for a much better league.”
HALIFAX are running coach travel to Whitehaven for next Wednesday’s Northern Rail Cup clash.
The bus leaves the Shay at 2.45pm and seats are £14. Anyone interested should contact Neil Arber before Friday on 077144 88080.