Murrell: I’m happiest at loose forward

Scott Murrell
Scott Murrell

Halifax skipper Scott Murrell has admitted is happy to be back in the pack after spending his debut season at stand off.

Murrell, who played seven seasons of Super League with Hull KR, has dropped into his favoured loose forward spot following the close-season arrival of half backs Simon Brown and Ben Johnston.

And while boss Karl Harrison has not ruled out switching his captain back to the scrum base if tactics dictate, it seems certain Murrell will be spending more time in the place where he played the bulk of his top flight career.

“I have always said that I will play in any position Karl plays me, because the team is more important than me,” said Murrell, who also featured briefly at hooker in last weekend’s 10-4 win at Batley.

“At the same time, 13 is my preferred spot and one which I enjoy.

“It’s tough playing there in that middle unit with the big boys, but I just try to bring some enthusiasm to it defensively and hopefully I will get a few games there this year.

“I need to take some carries, help Browny out and the other halves, but I am never going to be running over people.

“It’s more about me using my brain and giving us something a little bit different.

“Batley was only our second game, so we’re happy to come away with a win.

“We’ve still got a few weeks to go before the league starts, so we’ve time to improve.”