Stand-in full back Lee Paterson has admitted he is under no illusions about his chances of retaining the number one shirt for Halifax’s next Championship fixture at Dewsbury on Sunday week.
Paterson, now Fax’s longest serving player after joining them early in 2007, made a surprise appearance in last weekend’s 31-24 win at Hunslet in place of regular number one Ryan Fieldhouse.
The Lancashire-based player, more usually found in the threequarter line, helped set up an early try for Ross Divorty with a clever inside ball, and drew praise from boss Karl Harrison for his overall effort.
Even so, Paterson is not expecting to usurp Fieldhouse as the club’s number one number one.
“I thought I went okay defensively and I started off okay in attack,” he said.
“I am under no illusions, we have a top squad here and I think even if I had scored three tries on Sunday I think Ryan would have been back the following week because he’s one of the best in the division.
“I played full back for Chorley and Swinton when I was younger, and I’ve trained there on and off all year; when we do opposed training I tend to play there opposite Ryan.
“It’s a specialist position. You need to know how to play there and the more experience you get the better you will be.”
Paterson’s inclusion came a week after he was left out of the side to face Swinton, the major casualty of the league loss at Sheffield.
Fax’s other winger Rob Worrincy, who was replaced at Bramall Lane after a nightmare first quarter, kept his place and ended up running in a handful of tries against the Lions.
“I was disappointed, but you can’t sit there and pull a face,” said Paterson.
“Karl (Harrison) kept Rob in the side and he ended up scoring five awesome tries; he’s a top player and you can’t keep him down for long.
“For me, I just need to keep going and take my chances when I get them.”