Halifax v Hull KR: Fax trial is my big chance - Fieldhouse

ON-trial full back Ryan Fieldhouse is in line to make a second outing for Halifax in Sunday's pre-season clash with Super League outfit Hull KR at the Shay.

And the 22 year old, who made his debut for the club in last weekend's 11-4 defeat at Batley, is desperate to clinch a professional contract with the Co-operative Championship champions after a stellar amateur career.

"I've done everything in the amateur game now," said Fieldhouse, the son of former Fax and Great Britain forward John.

"I've captained BARLA and won a Conference Grand Final with Leigh East, so this is the next step that I need.

"I've been playing well for Easts and I've had a bit of interest in the last few months.

"People have obviously been watching me and I got the chance to come here on trial.

"I've never had a pro deal before, although I had trials for Salford at one point, so this is a big chance for me and it's one I want to take with both hands.

"We've not put a time limit on it; we'll just see how it goes on Sunday and in training.

"This is the level I want to play at now and I need to work hard to make sure I get the rewards."

Fieldhouse made a solid start against the Bulldogs, although Fax's lack of quality possession in the second period at Mount Pleasant meant he never got the chance to shine in attack.

He admitted that playing a full game for Easts, who are coached by his father, 24 hours earlier - ironically against Halifax amateurs Siddal - had also played a part.

"It was a heavy pitch and I'd played 80 minutes the day before so that probably zapped me a little bit," he said.

"I might have gone better if I hadn't played on the Saturday, but it was a must-win game for Easts so I was in a difficult situation.

"Maybe this week I'll have to look at that again."

Fieldhouse looks likely to start on the bench against Rovers, as Fax coach Matt Calland picks from a near full strength squad.

There are question marks against veterans Dave Larder and Frank Watene, who both fell victim to the virus that decimated the club's pack ahead of the meeting with the Bulldogs, and newly-arrived Australian Dylan Nash.

Definite absentees are injured quartet Ben Black, Bob Beswick, Jon Goddard and Adam Rudd.

"We'll finalise things tomorrow," said Calland, who is likely to name three recent former Robins in Mike Ratu, Jim Gannon and Makali Aizue.

Halifax (probable): Greenwood; White, Paterson, Haley, Worrincy; Jones, Bowman; Gannon, Penkywicz, Aizue, Clayton, Bannister, S. Barlow. Subs (from): J. Barlow, Cherryholme, Smith, Ostick, Fieldhouse, Ratu, Nash, Watene, Larder.