DEBUT prop Adam Robinson believes Halifax have made a solid start to life without frontline front rowers Makali Aizue and Sam Barlow.
Robinson, one of the five players who followed new coach Karl Harrison from Batley to the Shay, turned in a strong performance in the 44-6 Boxing Day win over Keighley.
The former Wakefield junior started in the front row alongside Iain Morrison as Harrison shuffled his pack to cope with the long-term injuries to Aizue and Barlow - who are both out until March after ankle surgery - and the suspended Sean Hesketh.
“I think me and Morro worked pretty well together, then Jim (Gannon) and Josh (Barlow) did the same off the bench,” said Robinson.
“A bit more size would have helped us carve some bigger holes, but with those three missing we had to do a job and we had to get through it.
“I think we did that pretty well in the end.
“I’d been ill the week before, and I had to miss the training sessions on Wednesday and Thursday, but luckily it cleared up for the game.
“It was nice to get a run out and get the first game out of the way.
“We had a few problems in attack, but it’s just a bit of missed timing and people not knowing where to run.
“We’ve done a lot of work on defence though and to concede just the six points was pretty pleasing.”
Robinson believes his switch to the Shay represents a significant career move, although he admitted he does not count himself among Harrison’s high-profile recruits.
“It’s a big step up for me coming here, and I’m sure a lot of people from Halifax won’t know me,” said the 24 year old.
“But Karl’s obviously seen something in the games I played for Batley last season and I’ll try to justify the faith he’s shown in me.
“I’ll keep working hard and try and make a name for myself down here.
“I played in the Dewsbury side that won 18 out of 18 in Championship One in 2010, then went to Batley.
“Before that I was at Wakefield, where I played with Paul Handforth and a lot of the guys that Keighley have signed this winter.
“I’ve moved in from centre to front row, so I’ve only been propping the last couple of years.
“I’m comfortable at back row too; I just like getting stuck in.”