Halifax RLFC: Fax to take flight at Cranwell - pre-season camp is booked for champs

COACH Matt Calland will fine-tune the Co-operative Championship champions' pre season preparation with a weekend training camp at RAF Cranwell at the end of this month.

Halifax will head to Lincolnshire on Friday, January 28, for a three day stay that will provide the usual mix of on-field training, off-field bonding and military style team building challenges.

It will be the third year in succession Fax's winter training schedule has ended on an RAF base, with a visit to RAF Aldergrove in Northern Ireland in 2009 preceding a trip to Cranwell last year.

Once again, the visit has been planned by RAF officer Damian Clayton, the former Brighouse Rangers player.

"It's worked well for us before and I am sure it will work well for us again," said Calland, who described the facilities at Cranwell as "first class".

"Damian does a great job planning things for us and it's always a challenging weekend for the players.

"We've got some new faces in the squad and it's a chance for us to spend a good block of time together, which is something you don't get the chance to do when you're a part-time team."

Before then, Fax have the small matter of Sunday's home friendly with Super League contenders Hull KR at the Shay.

Calland confirmed that hooker Bob Beswick, who finally penned a contract for 2011 last weekend, is back in training after elbow surgery, but will almost certainly not face the Robins.

"I think Bob is still a couple of weeks away," said Calland, who must also decide whether to field Australian centre Dylan Nash, who flew into England yesterday.

"He should be fit for the start of the Northern Rail Cup."

Former England stand-off Leon Pryce has confirmed his intention to see out his current contract with St Helens, dashing any prospect of an immediate return to Bradford.

The Bulls, now coached by former St Helens boss Mick Potter, have been linked with a move for their former player, who is Bradford born and has continued to live in the city since his move to Lancashire in 2006, but Pryce has sought to put an end to the rumours.

"I want to end the speculation regarding my future," he said in a statement issued by the club.

"I love playing at Saints and I am not going anywhere. I am contracted with the club and I am committed and looking forward to what will be a very exciting season for all.

"I am really enjoying working with Royce Simmons and trying our hardest to win trophies.

"The speculation regarding any possible move away from Saints is just that - speculation - and I want all Saints fans to know that I am not going anywhere.

"Like a number of players, my contract with the Saints is until the end of the 2011 season."

Pryce's half-back partner Kyle Eastmond and England prop James Graham are other high-profile Saints players out of contract this year.

The 29-year-old Pryce, who has scored 71 tries in 152 appearances for St Helens, missed the last two months of the 2010 season with a neck injury but is expected to be fit for the start of the new campaign against Wigan on February 12.