Three months on sidelines for Haley after shoulder op

HALIFAX’S club captain James Haley expects to be sidelined for three months after having surgery on his injured shoulder.

The 26 year old Ireland international back, the club’s longest serving player who is currently in his testimonial year, underwent surgery in Wales on Tuesday.

“There were two tears in my shoulder, which had shown up on the scans, but when they got in there they found a tear in my rotator cuff too,” said Haley.

“It’s all fixed now and all being well the recovery time should be around 12 weeks; a month complete rest and then eight weeks doing the rehab and building strength.

“That would take me to the beginning of April, so although I’ll miss the Northern Rail Cup group games, the league will only just be getting started.

“It’s frustrating in one way because if I’d had the op done at the end of last season I would be fully fit by now.

“But originally we thought I’d just jarred my shoulder, so it took some time to find out what was wrong.”

Haley knows his lay-off will hamper his chances of winning a place in Karl Harrison’s new-look back division, with competition hotting up ahead of Sunday’s second pre-season fixture against Super League outfit Salford at the new Barton stadium (3.0).

“There’s nine, maybe 10, players going for five places,” said Haley.

“We’ve got a strong squad, and it’s particularly strong in that area, so it’s going to be tough for anyone to get a spot.

“It’s a long season though, so I’ll concentrate on getting fit and then hopefully I’ll manage to get a chance at some stage.”

The former Ovenden junior described Harrison’s decision to make him club skipper as a “big honour”, although he admitted it had taken him by surprise.

“I was gobsmacked, to be honest,” said Haley.

“I feel pretty privileged to be given the job and if it works out it’s not something I’d want to give up easily.

“We’ll see how it goes this year and take it from there.”

Huddersfield centre Greg Eden, signed from Castleford in the close season, will make his first appearance for his new club against his old team-mates in tonight’s friendly at the PROBIZ Coliseum.

The Giants will also give run-outs to three of their other newcomers, Jason Chan, Tommy Lee and Luke George, as well as youngsters Josh Johnson and Freddie Walker, in their first pre-season trial match.

Calderdale Rugby League Service Area is looking for assistant coaches for the 2012 representative programme.

Applicants must be a minimum of level 1 and have a current CRB certificate. Any applicant must submit their interest by Friday February 10 to Service Area Coordinator, Chris Mitchell at chris.mitchell@rfl.uk.com or call 07947 827627.