HALIFAX prop Makali Aizue has said he will be ready for next weekend’s Challenge Cup meeting with amateurs Myton, despite doctors putting a block on his comeback plans last Friday.
Aizue, the Papua New Guinea Test player, has yet to make an appearance under new coach Karl Harrison after undergoing close-season ankle surgery.
And his planned return to action in an under 23s fixture at Featherstone was scuppered after he failed to get the green light from the specialist who performed the operation.
“It was just the final check up, and he’s happy, but he just wants me to wait a little longer,” said Aizue.
“I got told I needed one more week, with some more contact, game-related training then I am all clear to play.
“I was ready to play on Friday, I was looking forward to it, but I have waited so long already and it will be only one more week so it’s not so bad.
“It will probably be good for me: When I am training with the boys I am still a little bit slow in attack and defence, I’m not up to pace yet.
“So I will train very hard this week and see if I get picked.
“It would be a good game for me to come back in.
“They could leave me out there for 60, 70 or 80 minutes.
“I would just be really happy to go out there and have a good blow out.”
But while Aizue is optimistic of getting a run against the National Conference side from Hull, he is less confident of being in the team for the clash of two of the Co-operative Championship’s unbeaten sides at Sheffield the following Thursday.
“The way some of the forwards are playing, it’s going to be difficult for me to get picked for that game I think,” he said.
“I’m going to have to work my way back into the side and I’m willing to do that.
“Whatever I have done in the past is in the past.
“Karl has faith in the players who are in the team at the moment and they are doing the job for him.
“I have to prove myself to him, hopefully starting on Sunday.”
Super League leaders Huddersfield have issued a “hands-off” warning to St Helens over Nathan Brown.
The Giants boss has been installed as the bookmakers’ favourite to succeed Royce Simmons, but Saints may have to wait until the end of the season to get their man.
Brown, who is leaving Huddersfield later this year, has been linked with a move to St Helens.
“Nathan Brown will be the head coach at Huddersfield Giants until October 30th, 2012,” said a Giants statement.