Halifax centre Steve Tyrer says that Karl Harrison’s side are determined to prove the critics wrong as the 2014 Championship season gathers pace.
The Shay outfit, who host Batley on Sunday (3.0), have not been burdened with expectation by fans or pundits, with big spending pair Leigh and Featherstone and reigning champions Sheffield the sides favoured to claim the top two places and the £500,000 pay off that goes with them.
But speaking after Sunday’s 28-20 loss at Featherstone, a match Fax could so easily have won, Tyrer was defiantly upbeat.
“It was gutting not to get the win, but it’s a step forward, especially considering people have written us off already,” said Tyrer.
“Apparently our squad’s not good enough and we’re not going to finish anywhere.
“That gets frustrating because we’re a good side.
“Everyone is entitled to an opinion, but we don’t want people disrespecting us.
“We’ve got a good bunch this year and we’re going to muck in for each other and prove people wrong, hopefully starting with getting a second win this Sunday.
“Batley is Batley, even though they’ve had quite a big turnover of players this winter.
“They’re always tough and they tend to bar up against Halifax, but I’ll back us to get the win.”
Tyrer’s confidence reflects his personal performances on the opening two weekends, with the former St Helens centre in arguably the best form since he arrived at the Shay two and a half years ago.
“I’m probably as fit as I’ve been, which is a big part of it,” he said..
“I just want a big year, stay fit and stay healthy.
“I feel I owe it to everyone after last season, because I was up and down all the time.
“I got a bit of an ultimatum in terms of my fitness at the back end of last season.
“I went away, worked hard in the off season, came back in pre season and carried it on.
“Danny Cowling coming in was a kick up the bum, because he’s a talented player.
“We all need to be on our toes in that backline this year.”