Thackeray would embrace full back switch

Anthony Thackeray
Anthony Thackeray

Halifax’s leading try scorer Anthony Thackeray “wouldn’t say no” to a move to full back during the second half of the Co-operative Championship season.

Thackeray, the former Widnes, Castleford and Hull half back, played the final quarter of Fax’s win in Toulouse a fortnight ago at the back after an injury to regular number one Ryan Fieldhouse.

That prompted boss Karl Harrison to discuss deploying the Hull-based player there on a more regular basis after comparing him to Wigan superstar Sam Tomkins.

“There’s been some talk about it and while nothing has materialised as yet it would be a good position for me,” said Thackeray, who touched down twice in Sunday’s Northern Rail Cup quarter final against Barrow to take his tally for the season to 13.

“Ryan’s playing out of his skin there - I think he’s been really good these last two weeks against Keighley and Barrow - but it is somewhere I could cover.

“I do like the halves, but if I was asked to play there (full back) I would do the best job I could.

“I’ve played the odd game there in the past and in the modern game it’s more like a second stand off role anyway.

“It suits my type of game, and if Karl tries me there he tries me there, but Ryan’s on fire at the moment.

“I certainly wouldn’t say no to it, if that’s what Karl thinks is best for the team.”

Reflecting on the win over the Raiders, Thackeray admitted he was disappointed with Fax’s occasional lack of killer instinct, with a string of clean breaks going unfinished.

“The final pass is just about keeping your composure and we probably didn’t do that too well at times,” he said.

“We’ve got the players to improve on that and I’d like to think that will happen as the weeks go by, starting at Dewsbury on Thursday night.

“We’re getting to our type of weather, the grounds are getting harder and you’re able to go out there and try and play some good football.

“We’re at the half way point now and hopefully we’ll be able to kick on and find our best form.”