YOUNG Halifax centre Ben Heaton believes his side’s defensive game could become a key part of their attacking arsenal in 2012.
Fax got off the mark with a 36-6 Northern Rail Cup win at Dewsbury at the weekend; a win characterised by some ferocious tackling from Karl Harrison’s new-look line-up.
And Heaton, the former Oldham player who joined the club in the close-season after a breakthrough year in Championship One, was quick to highlight its importance.
“We were very aggressive in defence and that’s what we wanted,” said Heaton.
“It all comes from Karl because it’s something he believes in and everyone is getting into that same mindset now.
“We all understand the way he coaches and it’s a good way to approach the game.
“If you’re hitting players like we were on Sunday, the attack will just follow naturally.
“It’s rugby league, you have to go out there with that kind of attitude of wanting to hit hard.
“We have been building up for a good start and although we’ve been a bit up and down in pre-season we got it right on the day.”
Fax’s next assignment is against Rochdale, Heaton’s hometown club, at the Shay on Sunday (3.0).
And having forced his way into the starting line up at right centre after a season-ending knee injury ruled out Mick Nanyn, Heaton is intent on building on cementing his place.
“I think centre pretty much suits me,” said Heaton, a former Rochdale Mayfield junior.
“I am still learning the position and there is still plenty for me to work on.
“My attack can get a lot better, but I am getting the hang of defending there now.
“I am prepared to work hard in training, work hard in the games and try and improve.
“A lot of it is about having the mental toughness to succeed and I think I’ve got that.
“I’ve come here to step up, to make a name for myself, and I believe I can do that.
“I think everyone is fighting for a shirt at the moment; there’s a lot of competition and people like Lee Paterson are coming back from injury.
“But personally it would be nice to play against Rochdale and get my name on the scorecard.”
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