Newly-signed Halifax centre Danny Cowling is banking on making a belated debut for the club in Sunday’s pre-season fixture against Batley at the Shay.
The former Wakefield back, who missed the Boxing Day game against his boyhood team Castleford because of a two game suspension dating back to last September, had been due to start against Keighley last Sunday.
But that game fell victim to the wet weather, leaving Cowling kicking his heels and eyeing the date with the Bulldogs.
“It was disappointing to see the Keighley game called off; it was a good opportunity for me and I was looking forward to playing my first game on the Halifax pitch and making a good impression,” said the 22 year old, who watched from the stands at Wheldon Road at Christmas as Fax got a 30-30 draw against the Tigers.
“I’ll be definitely hoping to start against Batley now, but that’s obviously going to be down to Karl (Harrison) and who he decides to select.
“I thought both Ben Heaton and Steve Tyrer played pretty well in the centres at Cas; Tyrer defended well and Heaton was as strong as ever.
“It’s not going to be easy for me to break that combination up.”