HALIFAX stand off Graham Holroyd has insisted his hometown club will eventually regain their place at the sport’s top table, despite yesterday’s Super League knockback.
Fax missed out on elevation to the top flight when Rugby Football League bosses announced that hot favourites Widnes will make the step up in 2012, awarding the Vikings a three year licence.
The Shay outfit remain - officially at least - in the running for a place when the second and final round of franchises are given out in July after being told they do meet the RFL’s criteria for top flight membership.
“If you look at Halifax’s history, they have had their fair share of knockbacks,” said Holroyd, who was brought up within a stone’s throw of the club’s old Thrum Hall ground and is now in his fourth spell as a player.
“The club has always come back from them and it will come back from this one.
“I know the directors put a lot of work into getting this bid together and putting everything in place and it’s disappointing not to get the nod first time round.
“Everyone said it was going to be Widnes and in the end it’s probably been the worst kept secret.
“They’ll wait for July now and if we don’t get in then I am sure they will come up with a plan for the next three years and take it from there.
“We’re still a big team though and I am sure we will get back where we belong one day.”
But from a player’s perspective, Holroyd, who will be gunning for a return to the side for Sunday’s trip to Sheffield after missing the last two following the opening league loss in Toulouse, admitted that it was galling to miss out after being the dominant on-field force in the Championship over the last two seasons.
“We have been to two Grand Finals and won one of them,” said Holroyd.
“We couldn’t really have done much more and to me you should have to win it rather than just cruise along in mid-table.
“Since I came back from Doncaster in ‘07 we have really gone for it and we’ve had our rewards on the field.
“Even when we’ve played Super League sides, we’ve done well. We gave Huddersfield a game and then had the one-pointer at Castleford a couple of years ago.
“We haven’t had the best of starts this year but I am sure this is going to drive us on now.”
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