Harrison hopes for one last buy

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HALIFAX boss Karl Harrison has said he hopes to add one more name to his 2012 playing squad, with a centre or back rower top of his shopping list.

The former Test prop, who succeeded his former Hull teammate Matt Calland as Fax’s head coach, has assembled a 22-man roster from scratch in the month he has been in charge at the Shay.

“I’m happy with what we’ve built now,” said Harrison, who added Rochdale’s utility forward Craig Ashall and full back Ryan Fieldhouse to the mix on Monday.

“We’ve cast the net pretty wide, looking at young players at Super League clubs, established Championship players and people from Championship One and we’ve got a good mix.

“Ideally, I’d like one more, probably a centre or a back rower.

“But the budget is getting pretty tight now and it’s fair to say we’re getting close to the salary cap too.

“We’ll have to see what develops, I’ve made some enquiries about various people and I’m waiting for some calls back.

“If it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, we’ll go with what we’ve got.

“There’s certainly no urgency right now.”

Harrison declined to identify potential targets, although he confirmed that Stephen Bannister, arguably the club’s first choice back rower under the previous regime, remained an option.

“I still need to speak to Steve, but he has a chance,” said Harrison.

“I certainly wouldn’t rule him out at this stage.”

Hull KR legend Stanley Gene is returning to Craven Park to coach the club’s under-18s team.

The Papua New Guinean became a cult hero in two spells with the Robins going back to 1996, scoring 104 tries in 150 appearances and enjoying a testimonial in 2008.

His last involvement in English rugby league was with Halifax in 2010, when he was sacked mid-season and won a subsequent RFL tribunal hearing against the club.

Gene, who also played for Huddersfield, Hull and Bradford, coached Papua New Guinea in the 2010 Four Nations Series.