HALIFAX boss Karl Harrison believes new front row recruit Sean Hesketh can rediscover the form that made him one of the Co-operative Championship’s form forwards in 2010.
Hesketh, who arrives at the Shay just 24 hours after another Batley prop, Adam Robinson, and becomes Harrison’s fifth signing from his former club, has endured a difficult year at Mount Pleasant.
“Sean’s had a problem with his eye, which was a medical issue rather than a playing injury, and that’s had a massive impact on him this year,” said Harrison, who first signed the player from Featherstone in 2009.
“The treatment involved a long course of steroid-based medication, which completely messed up his body and meant he was playing catch up all year with his fitness.
“He was retaining a lot of water, which meant he was pretty bloated, and he lost all the condition that he’d had the season before.
“That year, he was the best front rower in the competition bar none and he was attracting plenty of Super League interest.
“He’s clear of the medication now and I’ve taken a punt on him because I know what he’s capable of delivering.
“There aren’t a massive amount of quality, young front rowers on the market, so I’ve given Sean an opportunity and it’s up to him to come to the party now.
“He knows he needs to get his body back in shape and he is committed to doing that.
“I’m confident he will deliver for us.”
Harrison continues to be heavily linked with Featherstone’s utility forward Ross Divorty - the son of his former Thrum Hall teammate Gary - with the talented 22 year old following the example of Widnes’ Shay-bound centre Steve Tyrer and announcing his impending move on a social networking site yesterday.
Courier Sport understands Fax officials are still waiting for the completed paperwork to be filed before finally confirming that particular deal, although an announcement is expected before the weekend.
“I think things are shaping up pretty nicely at the moment,” said Harrison.