HALIFAX coach Karl Harrison has admitted he could move into the transfer market again before the start of the 2012 season in February.
The former Great Britain front rower, who kicked off his Shay reign with a 44-6 friendly win over Keighley on Boxing Day, has already seen his resources stretched because of long-term injuries to front row pair Makali Aizue and Sam Barlow.
And while his new-look pack performed solidly against the Cougars, the relatively modest nature of the opposition - visiting coach Jason Demetriou fielded a side missing several key players, including former Fax props Andy Shickell and Neil Cherryholme - prompted Harrison to hint that the club will try to add to their squad in the next few weeks.
“I actually think the guys in the middle did okay on Boxing Day,” said Harrison.
“Adam Robinson, Iain Morrison and Jim Gannon were really good and, to be fair, I thought Josh Barlow did a pretty strong stint too.
“But we will be tested against better teams and we need to be prepared for that.
“I’m always looking for players and hopefully, by the time the season starts, we may have one, or even two, on board.
“We’re getting to the stage where there’s not as much room to move in terms of finance and salary cap, but I don’t think the pot is empty just yet.
“We’ll have to wait and see how things develop, but it’s certainly not something I would rule out.”
Harrison will have his former Batley prop Sean Hesketh available for his side’s second pre-season date, at Leigh on January 22, after the ex-Featherstone player completed a two-game suspension against Keighley.
And the Wales international Ross Divorty, who can play prop or back row, should also be fit to make his debut after injuring himself in a training accident which Harrison revealed had the potential to have been disastrous.
“Ross has a sore knee and back, and he’s going to be sore for several weeks, but all being well he should be okay for Leigh,” he said.
“It could have been very serious; he was doing weights, something went wrong and he ended up trapped under about 350 kilos.
“He’s a tough kid and because of his fitness he has got away with it.
“It could have been a lot worse, for him and for us as a club.”