HALIFAX boss Karl Harrison looks likely to add young stand off Anthony Bowman, winger Paul White and club captain James Haley to his line up for tonight’s Co-operative Championship clash with Swinton.
Bowman and Haley have been added to the squad for the trip to the LSV, with Haley in line to replace injured centre Steve Tyrer while Bowman is putting pressure on utility player Callum Casey.
White, 18th man for last weekend’s 23-16 defeat at Batley, will replace Wayne Reittie, who was sent off against his former club for headbutting ex-teammate Gareth Moore.
Reittie has now been charged with a grade E offence, which carries a punishment of between four and eight weeks, but was available for selection ahead of next Tuesday’s meeting of the Rugby Football League’s disciplinary committee.
The winger is also facing a grade A kicking charge, the result of an incident late in the first half at Mount Pleasant, meaning that even with an early guilty plea, he is looking at a total five week suspension.
“I couldn’t pick Wayne, I had to be fair to Paul White,” said Harrison, who had more bad news from the Red Hall yesterday, with loose forward Craig Ashall also up on a grade A striking charge after sparking a brawl in the final minutes.
“Whitey’s not done a lot wrong all season, he’s been a great professional and he deserves his chance.
“Wayne’s devastated, he still can’t explain why he did what he did, but he and we will have to deal with the consequences.
“Haley’s the frontrunner to replace Tyrer and I think Bowman will be in contention too.
“They’re all getting a chance, they just need to take it now.
“Swinton are a decent side, with some good, experienced players and it’s going to be a tough night.”
Harrison will have back rower Ross Divorty available, the Wales international having recovered from a combination of shoulder and knee injuries, although the long-term prognosis on Tyrer, and another knee-injury sufferer Iain Morrison, remains uncertain.
“Divorty trained on Tuesday night and he’s fine,” confirmed Harrison.
“We’re waiting on the results of scans for Tyrer and Morrison.
“Tyrer could be medial ligament damage, which could end up being three months of a job, but the truth is we’re guesstimating until we get those results back. We’ll wait and see.”
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Sheffield Eagles took over from Halifax as leaders of the Co-operative Championship thanks to a 26-16 victory over Batley at Bramall Lane last night.
Overseas backs Menzie Yere and Quentin Laulau-Togagae both scored tries in each half as the Eagles fought back from 10-4 down to secure their sixth win of the season.