Pre-season camp will give us wings: Marshall

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Halifax coach Richard Marshall has labelled his side’s pre-season camp at RAF Conningsby as “extremely productive”.

With the start of the Championship season at Whitehaven on February 15 now a little over a week away, Fax spent three days putting the finishing touches to their preparation in Lincolnshire.

The trip - organised by the former Brighouse Rangers player and RAF officer Damian Clayton - mixed on and off field work.

And it left Marshall upbeat about its impact on his team’s prospects.

“From my perspective, it was a very good and very productive weekend,” said Marshall.

“For us as a team, with a new coaching staff and a number of new players too, it was a real step forward.

“I have spoken to some of the senior players about it this week and they certainly recognised that too.

“The telling thing was that they were all asleep on the bus on the way home, so I think we probably worked them hard enough.

“We did some classroom stuff on the Saturday morning which taught us something about each player and their expectations.

We did some gym work in the afternoon and then had them up at 6am on the Sunday morning for some PT drills organised by the RAF instructors.

“They didn’t mess about; it was freezing cold and they really gave it to the players, but I was pleased with the response that I saw.

“We rounded things off with some field work, which involved a few of the RAF players too.

“Overall, it was excellent and I’d like to thank Damian and his staff for the work they put in.”

Marshall reported that both centre Ben Heaton and winger Tommy Saxton returned home with niggling leg injuries, while hooker Keith Holden, who suffered with pneumonia last winter, didn’t make the trip because of a chest infection.

Marshall continues to consider his options in the transfer market following the retirement of hooker or half back Paul Mennell and the loss to Leigh of on loan Salford back rower Andrew Dixon.

“We’ve a couple of things we’re considering, but I think we’ll go to Whitehaven with the squad we have now, whatever happens next week,” he said.

“I’m happy with the options we have at half back at the moment, so we won’t rush to replace Paul.

“If we got any injuries in that area though, we would look to bring some cover in.”