Haley not banking on final selection

James Haley
James Haley

Halifax club captain James Haley has admitted that selection for Sunday’s Northern Rail Cup final against Featherstone would be a “bonus” after an injury-ravaged six months.

Haley has been sidelined for significant periods with shoulder problems, but returned to Karl Harrison’s side for the 52-22 Co-operative Championship win at Hunslet at the weekend.

But with winger Rob Worrincy certain to be recalled, and Lee Paterson effectively the man in possession at right centre despite being shunted to the wing to accomodate Haley at the South Leeds Stadium, the former Ovenden junior was realistic when assessing his chances of keeping his place.

“It was good to be back in there,” said Haley.

“I can’t say I felt awesome, but I got through plenty of defence and did what I could for the team.

“Hopefully, I have given Karl something to think about.

“Nothing’s set in stone, but it would be a bonus if I was playing.

“I’ve had a bad year with injury, but to go back there and to win it, I would love that.

“In the end though, as long as we get a Halifax win, I’ll be happy.”

Whether he is in or out of the side though, Haley - a member of the team that lost on the final play of the game to Leigh last season - remains optimistic that Fax can turn over a Rovers side who will start the match as hot favourites.

“We have got the things in place and we have the quality in the team,” he said.

“We just need to click on the day, for this one game.”