HALIFAX club captain James Haley is in line to make his first appearance under new coach Karl Harrison in Friday night’s Co-operative Championship clash with Swinton at Leigh Sports Village (8.0).
Haley, the long-serving centre who is in the middle of his benefit season after 10 years with his hometown club, has still to start a senior game in 2012 after undergoing close-season shoulder surgery.
But the former Ovenden junior, who has made three successive appearances for the club’s under 23 side, will come into contention for the date with the Lions after threequarter Steve Tyrer injured his knee in Sunday’s 23-16 loss at Batley.
“We’re waiting for some definitive news on Steve’s injury, but at the moment I think it’s very unlikely he’ll be available for Friday,” said Harrison, who already has two more centres, Ben Heaton and Mick Nanyn, on the injured list.
“I don’t know how far off Heaton is at the moment, but he’s only been doing light training, so it could well be a game for Haley.
“James has been patient, he’s got the fitness, he’s got the under 23s games under his belt now and he’s been going okay.
“He’s been volunteering to play in those 23s fixtures, which senior players aren’t always keen on, and if he gets a chance it will be down to him then. If he takes it, he could end up cementing his place in the side.”
One outside back who will be available on Friday night is winger Wayne Reittie, who was red carded at Mount Pleasant for head-butting his former teammate Gareth Moore and seems certain to receive a significant suspension.
But the former York and Doncaster flanker will not front the Championship disciplinary committee until a week today, although Harrison - who has a ready-made replacement in Paul White - declined to be drawn on whether he would consider picking him for the clash with Steve McCormack’s side
“I think that’s something I need to discuss with Wayne first,” said Harrison.
HALIFAX are running coach travel to Friday night’s game against Swinton at Leigh, leaving the Shay at 6pm.
Seats are priced at £9 for adults and £5 for juniors and further details are available from Neil Arber on 077144 88080.
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