Harrison wants leaders as Fax hunt Cumbrian hat trick

Scott Murrell and Tony Tonks will both be absent
Scott Murrell and Tony Tonks will both be absent

Halifax coach Karl Harrison has called on his senior players to showcase their leadership qualities when they return to Championship action at Workington on Sunday (3.0).

Fax will play a third successive away fixture in Cumbria at Derwent Park, looking for a hat trick of victories after winning at Whitehaven and Barrow.

But with experienced prop Tony Tonks serving a one-game suspension and captain Scott Murrell unlikely - but not certain - to be sidelined as his wife prepares to give birth to the couple’s second child, Fax will travel without two of their key performers.

“They’re two big players and two leaders and we are going to need other people to stand up in that respect,” said Harrison.

“It is a place you need to go to in the right frame of mind because if you don’t, you are going to have a very difficult afternoon.

“I can’t see Murrell playing, but we won’t know for sure until the day of the game.

“Workington have got a good new coach in Phil Veivers, who is starting to make an impact now, and they’ve a dual-registration link with Wigan which is giving them access to some very talented young players.

“The full back Tierney, Jason Robinson’s son, has been playing very well for them, but the nature of the system means we don’t know how many Wigan players we’re going to be facing until we get to the ground.

“We need to be prepared, mentally as much as physically.”

The absence of Tonks and Murrell means probable recalls for young hooker Keith Holden and rookie prop Sam Brooks, while winger Wayne Reittie and centre Ben Heaton could also come into the reckoning.

As Courier Sport went to Press, Harrison was still trying to negotiate a third extension to the loan agreement with Featherstone for in-form winger Tommy Saxton.

“We’ve filed our paperwork, it’s in Featherstone’s court now,” said Harrison.