New skipper Scott is so proud

Scott Murrell
Scott Murrell

Newly installed Halifax skipper Scott Murrell has said he was “overwhelmed” to be given the job in his first season with the club.

Murrell was Fax’s highest-profile close season recruit, leaving Hull KR after seven seasons - including six in Super League - with the Craven Park club.

The 27 year old, who began his career with hometown club Leeds, was picked by boss Karl Harrison - who himself skippered the club for almost a decade - ahead of last year’s vice captain Paul Handforth.

“I have only ever captained sides for the odd game over the years and I was overwhelmed when Karl told me,” said Murrell.

“It’s a great club and it’s had some great captains over the years.

“I am not the most vocal before the game but I try to do my talking on the field.

“I will just give it everything to try and lead from the front every week.”

Murrell certainly led from front in Thursday night’s league opener against champions Sheffield, offering Fax a third playmaking option from loose forward alongside regular half backs Anthony Thackeray and Paul Handforth.

“It was a good solid win to build on,” said Murrell, ahead of Sunday’s trip to Workington.

“I thought the forwards got us going forward and we played off the back of that.

“That’s the kind of game it was; go forward, keep the ball and keep the kicking game going.

“It wasn’t a great game for the half backs; I am the slowest person in the league already, and it doesn’t make it any easier when you are up to your ankles in mud.

“Overall, I thought the three of us did okay together, but at the same time we know we have a lot to work on.

“It’s a long, long season and we’ll be doing our best to improve week on week.”