Tyrer: I will face Dewsbury

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Halifax centre Steve Tyrer has declared himself fit for Sunday’s play off date with Dewsbury (3.0).

The former St Helens and Widnes back has missed his side’s last two fixtures after damaging his knee cartilage in the defeat at Doncaster.

But with full back Ryan Fieldhouse being hit with a similar injury in last weekend’s loss at Featherstone and winger Tommy Saxton nursing a back problem, Tyrer is determined to figure against the Rams.

“I’ll play,” said Tyrer.

“I was hoping for a win at Fev and a week off, but we’ve lost a couple more players with Fieldy and Tommy so it’s a case of needs must.

“If it weren’t the play offs, I probably wouldn’t play for another couple of weeks.

“But at this time of year, when you see your mates struggling, you’ve got to strap it up and get on with it.

“I probably won’t be 100 per cent, but I’ll give what I can give.

“Scott (Murrell) has given me the nod to play, so he’s pretty keen, and I’ve told him I will do what I can for him.”

While player coach Murrell refused to blame the loss of Saxton and Fieldhouse for the reverse at Post Office Road, Tyrer did admit it had further blunted an attack already missing livewire half back Ben Johnston.

“Two of our most elusive players went out of that game,” he said.

“You get inspiration and space from those two when they return kicks and when you take that out of our game it makes things more difficult.

“Casey and Cowling did a great job on the wings considering they’ve never played there, and you’ve got two forwards playing centre who both did well, but when those players aren’t used to being in those positions you can run out of steam a little bit.

“We had a full front line of forwards pretty much, but hopefully we’ll get some bodies back this week.

“We’ll go again against Dewsbury this weekend and see what happens.”