HALIFAX centre Jon Goddard has declared himself fit for Sunday’s Northern Rail Cup final against Leigh.
The former Hull KR back, who appeared for the Robins in their 2006 loss to Leigh at Blackpool, has been sidelined for over a month after aggravating a rib injury that has dogged him since the home win over Dewsbury at the end of April.
But he trained with his teammates for the first time on Monday night and reported no ill-effects after another bruising work out on Wednesday.
“I am putting my name in the hat to be in the team,” confirmed Goddard, who will find out at tonight’s final training session whether or not he has made the cut.
“Would it be a gamble picking me? That’s down to Matt (Calland) and the coaching staff to decide.
“In my eyes I am 100 per cent ready to go.
“I have always been honest with injuries and if I wasn’t fit I wouldn’t ask to be considered.
“Monday was the first night I have done contact, but I trained again on Wednesday night and I didn’t feel a thing.
“It’s been a long wait, but I’ve got some good training behind me now and I just want to get out there on Sunday if I get selected.”
Goddard’s determination to be involved in Sunday’s showpiece has been sharpened by the agony of missing Fax’s 2009 and 2010 Co-operative Championship Grand Final appearances through injury.
“It’s massive for me personally,” admitted the threequarter.
“To miss those two Grand Finals was hard to take; I have a winner’s medal from 2006 with Rovers and when you have one you want more.
“I’ve also got a bit of unfinished business after losing the NRC final to Leigh that year too.
“We’d had a great season up until then and it would be nice to put that day right on Sunday.”
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Crusaders coach Iestyn Harris has recalled six of the seven players suspended a week ago for a breach of club discipline.
Jarrod Sammut, Jason Chan, Lloyd White, Gil Dudson - who played two games for Faxon a dual-registration contract - Richard Moore and Jordan Tansey, who were suspended following a late-night drinking session, returned to training on Monday and have now been included in Harris’ 19-man squad for tomorrow’s home game against Castleford.