Halifax RLFC: Return is on target - Greenwood

MILES Greenwood's comeback is gathering pace, and the Halifax full back believes "the only way is up" as the clock ticks down to the start of the Northern Rail Cup early next month.

The talented number one was sidelined for 18 months after rupturing knee ligaments at Widnes in the summer of 2009.

But after playing 65 minutes in both of Fax's warm up fixtures - at Bradford and Batley - and the likelihood of more game time in Sunday's home clash with Super League big guns Hull KR, the former St Helens and Leigh player is increasingly optimistic.

"It's been good, I'm over the moon with how it's been going to be honest," said Greenwood, who should start the season as Matt Calland's first choice last line of defence following the departure of Australian Shad Royston to the Bulls.

"I just wanted to get the first game out of the way at Bradford but I did that okay and I'm enjoying myself at the moment.

"Even getting on the coach with the lads and being part of the banter that goes about, I've missed that and it's nice to feel part of it again.

"We agreed before the games I wasn't going to go for the full 80, but I've played 65 minutes both weeks and it's feeling good.

"It's a fair stint for me at this stage.

"I've still got a lot to work on, it's just a matter of getting in there and improving now, but hopefully the only way is up."

While Greenwood was finally given the all-clear by his surgeon before Christmas and has been training up to three times a day as he looks to refind his form, he recognises his comeback is as much about his mind as his body.

"If you speak to people who have come back from any major injury, and particularly ACL injuries like this one, it is a confidence thing," he said.

"Once you get that back, you're high flying then.

"I was definitely nervous, because obviously I've not been out on the field for such a long time, so there is a sense of relief afterwards.

"It's felt fine and I've been stepping off it and everything, which means that confidence is there.

"I'm just looking to the season ahead now and hopefully as a team we can do what we did last year and become champions again."

London-born former England winger Mark Calderwood is hoping to resurrect his Super League career in the capital after joining Harlequins for trials.

The 29-year-old former Leeds, Wigan and Hull flier, who played for England in the 2008 World Cup in Australia, was left without a club after Hull declined to offer him a new contract at the end of last season.

But Calderwood will be given until the end of February to push for a permanent move to Harlequins, who have yet to replace winger Will Sharp, who replaced him at Hull.

Harlequins coach Rob Powell said: "I would like to give Mark the opportunities, through his trial, to show the quality he has in the past.

"I know he could to be a great addition to the squad. We need more strength in our outside backs and Mark is a great fit.

"He has a wealth of experience and a proven track record to score tries. I look forward to seeing him in action."