Harrison picks Brooks and Ward as early improvers

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Halifax coach Karl Harrison has picked former Wigan prop Sam Brooks and ex-Bradford Bulls wingman Jarrod Ward as the early surprises of pre-season training.

Brooks, a member of the Warriors’ title winning Academy side this year, penned a one year deal with Fax in the autumn after being spotted by the club’s chief scout Dave Robinson.

Ward, a 20 year old Oldham-born threequarter, has linked with the Shay club on trial after falling foul of the lack of a reserve grade at Super League level.

And Harrison said both had already put themselves in the frame for places in his side for the Boxing Day date with Castleford at Wheldon Road.

“They’ve both gone really well so far and they’ll be in the frame to be involved at Cas if they continue to progress,” said Harrison.

“Brooks is a big, athletic kid and he’s shown some good touches.

“The next step for him is to play against senior players and see how he deals with that.

“Ward is someone we’ve been aware of for a while and he basically became available because Bradford couldn’t offer him any football due to his age.

“He came in to train with the under 20s but we’ve called him into the first team set up and we like what we’ve seen so far.

“He is very big and very aggressive and his style reminds me a little bit of Mick Hancock, the Brisbane and Australia winger who played for me at Salford.

“It’s early days for him, but he’ll get a chance in the friendlies and we’ll take things from there.”

Harrison has already ruled Wales forward Ross Divorty and Ireland prop Luke Ambler out of the trip to Wheldon Road because of their World Cup committments.

Neither player is expected back in training until after Christmas.