Winger Gareth Potts is hungry for success in 2014 after missing out on a place in last season’s Championship Grand Final.
The young wingman, who made a stunning start to his Halifax career with a spectacular hat trick in the Boxing Day friendly at Castleford, was left out of Batley’s line up against eventual winners Sheffield Eagles.
Potts had scored a try in the semi final win at Leigh, but lost out to star turns Johnny Campbell and Greg Johnson - who has now joined Salford - when John Kear picked his side for the decider.
“I was just looking forward to getting back on the field on Boxing Day because last season didn’t really finish how I wanted it to,” said the South Yorkshire-based player, who began his career at Wakefield.
“I missed the Grand Final and that’s made me really hungry for this season; I was itching to get my boots back on and get out there.
“Not playing in a game like that, it hurts you, and I’ve got some fight back.
“I’ve kept my head down and trained hard but I only dream my first game for Halifax would go as well as it did.”
Potts was impressive from the start against the Tigers, scoring two first half tries with sharp finishes, lighting up the pitch with an 80 metre solo effort to complete his treble just after the break and then looking assured at full back for the last half hour.
“With the third try, I was just looking to claim the ball from a kick, but I got the gap, managed to get the pedal down and made it to the line,” said Potts.
“My speed is one of my better attributes.
“I’m not the biggest winger, we’ve got Worrincy and Reittie who are both better than me at doing the work in the middle of the field, but I think I might offer something a bit different with some footwork and pace.
“I just hope I can finish what the boys make for me; Paul Mennell’s pass for the second try was a great bit of vision by him.
“I think it’s going to be a real pleasure playing with this group of players.
“I have played a bit at full back before and I think Karl (Harrison) just wanted to have a look at me there.
“On the wing you have to hold the shape, but at full back you probably get a bit more open field to look at.
“Ryan Fieldhouse obviously plays really well back there as well, but I suppose I give Karl an option there if anything happens to him.”