HALIFAX winger Rob Worrincy believes he is back on track for the kick off of the 2012 season after a start he conceded “could not have been much worse”.
Worrincy will go into Sunday’s warm-up game at Leigh on the back of a try-scoring performance in the 44-16 reverse at Salford last weekend.
And the London-born speedster, who was withdrawn at half time in the Boxing Day clash with Keighley - along with full back Paul White and fellow flanker Wayne Reittie - hopes he has now done enough to stay in new boss Karl Harrison’s first choice backline ahead of the trip to the Leigh Sports Village.
“It was disappointing to come off against Keighley; you know as a winger if you come off and you’re not injured then you’ve not played to the best of your ability,” said Worrincy.
“Those are what pre-season games are for, I suppose: blowing the cobwebs out, but it’s still not great.
“As a back three, we couldn’t have done much worse, probably.
“But it’s about getting your head back on, training hard and trying to come back with a decent performance in the next game and I think all three of us did that against Salford.
“Karl took us to one side and told us we needed to have some personal pride and we gave it a good shot at the weekend.
“I enjoyed it; it’s a nice venue, you’re playing against a decent Super League side, those are the games you want to play in.
“Paul and Wayne are quality players and if we manage to get the ball in our hands a bit more I think we will go well and start damaging teams.
“It’s going to take a while to get the combinations going, but I think as a team we’re pretty strong there.
“There are plenty of outside backs who did not play on Sunday who can do those jobs though - James Haley, Lee Paterson, Jessjo Sheriffe is coming through.
“There is no way anyone is going to be able to rest on their laurels.
“If you are not on the ball, you will be straight out of the team and we have players here who will make it hard to get back in again.”
Harrison is expected to trim his side to a standard 17 players for the meeting with the Centurions, and Worrincy believes the move will pay dividends against Paul Rowley’s side.
“We acquitted ourselves pretty well overall at Salford and there were a lot of positives to be taken from it,” said Worrincy, who could come up against older brother Michael, the former Bradford and Harlequins back rower and new Leigh recruit, on Sunday.
“But we made quite a few changes in that first half when we were leading 16-6 and lost some structure and flow as a result.
“Karl’s obviously talking about using 17 this weekend and I think that will have some benefits for us in terms of continuity.”
Seasoned forward Andy Lynch was identified as Hull’s next captain the moment he was introduced to new coach Peter Gentle.
The 32-year-old prop, who joined Hull from Bradford for an undisclosed fee in the close season, is the club’s third skipper in as many years.
He succeeds Australian Craig Fitzgibbon, who took over from Sean Long 12 months ago but retired at the end of last season.
“When I first met Andy, I could tell he exudes confidence and that he’s got that leadership quality about him,” Gentle said.
“So we had our eye on him from day one. We weren’t going to name a captain until a week before the competition starts - we wanted to see how they went in the trials.
“But, after spending a week together in Tenerife and seeing how he interacted with the players and how they responded to him, it was an obvious decision.
“It’s not going to affect the way he plays. He’s been around and he’s captained quite a few teams.”
Lynch will lead the team on his first appearance for the club in Sunday’s pre-season friendly against Hull KR at the KC Stadium.
Gentle, who has chosen long-serving half-back Richard Horne as the team’s new vice-captain, will also field other new signings Jamie Ellis, Aaron Heremaia, Brett Seymour, Wade McKinnon, Tony Martin and Martin Aspinwall against Rovers.
The club have sold more than 9,000 tickets and are hoping for a 15,000-plus crowd.
England international Jack Reed has continued his meteoric rise to fame after being chosen for the NRL All Stars.
The Yorkshire-born Brisbane centre received nearly 5,000 votes in the public poll, beating Corey Parker, Petero Civoniceva and Ben Hannant as the Broncos’ representative for the game against the Indigenous All Stars on February 4.
Reed, whose family emigrated to Australia when he was two, was signed by the Broncos 12 months ago and went on to play every game before representing England in the Four Nations Series.