Reittie: Karl will put Fax right

HALIFAX winger Wayne Reittie has pledged the club will be successful under the tutelage of new boss Karl Harrison.

Fax were installed as second favourites for the Co-operative Championship behind 2011 winners Featherstone, but looked anything like contenders as they crashed 44-14 at Leigh in pre-season action last weekend.

But Reittie, one of five players who followed former Fax captain Harrison to the Shay from Batley, insists that reverse was part of the inevitable growing pains of a team rebuilt virtually from scratch this winter.

“We are still a new bunch of lads and we’re still getting that togetherness that established teams have, but that will come in time,” said Reittie, who looks certain to retain a wing berth for Sunday’s home warm-up against Super League neighbours Huddersfield Giants (3.0).

“We are learning together and there are going to be disappointments as well as good days.

“I don’t think anyone knows how long that will take, but when it does we will be a force to be reckoned with because we have a quality side.

“I have got every faith in Karl; he’s a good coach and he brings out the best in people. I’ve got total respect for him and what he’s achieved, especially over the last couple of years at Batley.

“He knows what he wants and what he’s about and we are definitely going to do something this year, don’t worry about that.

“You’d have to be a fool to let him down, basically.

“There were a few words said at Leigh and it was probably what we needed to hear, some home truths.

“I know Karl and if he tells you to pick your levels up, you pick your levels up.

“I don’t think any of us can wait for Sunday now, because we just want to get out there and try and put things right.”

Reittie’s move to Fax represents the latest step in the 24 year old’s steady climb up the professional ranks, after spells with Doncaster, York and the Bulldogs.

“Personally, this is the best level I have played at,” said the Leeds-based threequarter.

“It’s a good team, a good coaching set up and a top Championship club with a good reputation.

“It’s a really good opportunity for me and I want to make the most of it.”

Huddersfield’s new signing Aaron Murphy has been cleared to start the new season after recovering from a wrist injury.

The 23-year-old centre, who joined the Giants from Wakefield on a four-year contract, was forced to miss his new club’s pre-season friendlies but is hoping to make the team for the opening Super League game at Wigan on Sunday week.

“I got the go-ahead from the specialist a couple weeks back,” he said.