Uncertainty hurting Fax

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HALIFAX boss Damian Ball believes the uncertainty over the identity of departed coach Matt Calland’s successor could impact on the club’s chances of defending their Co-operative Championship title.

Ball, the club’s caretaker coach who replaced Calland nine days ago, was speaking after Saturday night’s 44-28 win over Toulouse.

Victory lifted Fax to sixth in the table, safely inside the play off places following the confirmation of Barrow’s six-point deduction, but Ball was more concerned by the performance of a squad he believes are being understandably distracted by events off the field.

“The performance was reflective of the mood in the camp: there is a lot of apprehension, about who’s going to get signed, who the next coach is going to be,” said Ball.

“I can’t stress this enough: it’s been tremendously difficult.

“There’s rumours going around left, right and centre about who the coach is going to be and I think we need to try and find a way of resolving that if we can.

“It’s making the job more difficult because players are coming to us for answers and we’re not able to give them.

“There’s been enough time passed now and it needs addressing I don’t know how it’s going to affect us going forward.

“Uncertainty is difficult for players to deal with, they want contracts for next season.

“They have families and they want to know what’s going on.

“Time’s ticking away, there are four league games left and I would dare say clubs are going to be hovering around certain members of this squad.

“I just don’t want it to be left too late.”

Those issues aside, Ball - who saw his side break a 28-28 deadlock in the final quarter to seal the points - has a number of undisclosed injury problems ahead of Sunday’s trip to title-chasing Batley, ironically coached by the favourite to be Fax’s next boss: former GB prop Karl Harrison.

“We have a few injuries which need checking on, which is not good going into a game like that,” said Ball.

“I don’t want to disclose too much about the people involved, but the medical staff are certainly going to be working overtime this week.

“The main thing was to get the three points.

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