Goddard closing on a comeback

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HALIFAX centre Jon Goddard hopes to be playing again in the next 10 days, but admitted he has stayed away from the club’s Spanish training camp because he feared he might jeopardise his recovery.

The former Hull KR back missed Fax’s Grand Final victory over Featherstone Rovers last autumn after snapping his Achilles tendon in the Co-operative Championship fixture against Batley at the Shay in August.

Now Goddard has confirmed he is closing in on a comeback date, with the third round Challenge Cup tie against Castleford amateurs Lock Lane his initial goal.

“I’ve been aiming for the beginning of March for a while now and I’m still on target for that,” he said.

“Hopefully another week and a half and I will be ready, but we’re at a stage where there are still no guarantees.

“It’s almost there, the physios are happy with it and I’m happy with it, but the improvement has kind of levelled off now and it seems to be really slow going.

“Some days it’s fine, then other days it’s a bit sore, but I know that if I keep doing the right things it will come good sooner rather than later.”

Goddard has been training alone near his Doncaster home this week, having opted not to join his teammates in the sun of Murcia.

“I was never going to be fit for the Batley game, so we decided I would be better at home,” he said.

“I didn’t want to go to Spain, end up getting carried away, do too much and set myself back.

“I am going to the gym this week, doing plenty of stretching and just looking after the injury.

“I am not having to drive to Halifax three or four times either, which always makes it stiffen up a bit after training anyway.

“It’s probably just what I need at this moment in time.”

Wakefield have secured the services of half-back Craig Harvey from Warrington on a one-month loan.

Harvey, 22, was one of six youngsters promoted into the Wolves first team training squad last season.