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BRIAN Noble was due at the Shay today to formalise details of his consultancy role with Halifax and begin to dissect footage of yesterday’s gutsy 46-34 Carnegie Challenge Cup loss to Bradford.

The former Great Britain and Bradford coach watched yesterday’s clash against his hometown club from the BBC commentary box, from where he all-but confirmed his impending arrival to work alongside head coach Matt Calland.

Fax insiders say the deal should finally be rubber stamped before close of business today, although Courier Sport has learned that Noble has already held an informal two hour meeting with Calland to discuss his potential role with the Co-operative Championship Grand Final winners.

“We sat down and had a chat about the way forward,” said Calland, who watched his side trail the Bulls just 32-28 early in the second half before being edged out by Mick Potter’s Super League side.

“I want the best for Halifax Rugby League Club and I’ve been learning the hard way from my own mistakes recently.

“I’d rather learn from a world class coach so it’s a chance I’ll jump at.

“We are going to meet again today, go through the DVD and start training together tomorrow.

“There are still things to work out, but we’ve known each other for a long time and I am really looking forward to it.”

On the field, Calland admitted to a mixture of pride and frustration after his side gave their derby rivals a fright in spite of some typically erratic play with and without the ball.

“We had a really basic game plan for coming out of our own half and talked about looking after the football, but our skill levels, particularly under pressure, let us down,” said Calland.

“At half time we talked about getting out there and completing some sets and we still ran at 50 per cent.

“But we still got within a couple of scores of them and blew two chances, so it is pretty frustrating, although I am proud of the way they went about their business.

“The boys were pretty down afterwards, but I told them that if we control the ball a bit better and execute a bit better we could have beaten a Super League club out there.

“We still went toe to toe with them for the 80 minutes and were still going strong at the end, which suggests our fitness is good.

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