Ambler a realist over Rhinos place

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HALIFAX’S dual-registered Leeds prop Luke Ambler jumped at the chance to sign up with his hometown club until the end of 2012 - but he admits it could impact on his future with the Super League champions.

Ambler, an Ovenden junior who began his career under current Fax boss Karl Harrison at Salford before moving to Headingley, has been at the Shay since February on a month-by-month deal.

That has now been extended to a season-long contract, although the Rhinos retain the ability to recall him at 24 hours notice.

“In some ways, nothing’s changed really, they can still call me back whenever,” said the Ireland international.

“But it saves everyone having to sign the paperwork every month and I suppose it looks a bit more secure now.

“Karl asked me if I was happy to stay here for the year and I said ‘yes, definitely’.

“The main thing for me is that I am really enjoying my rugby at the moment.

“It was about me getting some confidence and I feel I’ve done that.

“Hopefully it’s starting to show out on the field as well.

“Karl’s given me that starting role now and quite a lot of minutes, 50 or 60, and I am really happy with that.”

Looking ahead, Ambler is realistic enough to admit the Rhinos’ willingness to allow him to stay with Fax, coupled with the fact he is now cup-tied having featured in the fifth round defeat at Leigh, has possible long term implications when his current contract expires in November.

“If we’re being honest, yes it does,” he said.

“We can beat around the bush about it, but that’s probably the case.

“I went to Harlequins in 2011 when a new coach came in and I was away for a full year, away from that new leadership.

“He got his own lads in and then signed two more props, but that’s life.

“I’ve had a good chat with Brian McDermott and he seems happy with me, but he’s got eight other front rowers there.

“The likelihood is that I may have to move on, but that’s for the end of the year, not now.

“I’ve got a few games between now and then and I’ll just kick on and try and play well for Halifax.

“It’s my livelihood, I’ve bought a house recently and I need to take care of that stuff, but that’s what we do as professional players, play contract to contract.”

HALIFAX are running coach travel to Sunday’s game at Batley (2.0), leaving the Shay at 12.15pm. Seats are £8 for adults, £5 for juniors and details are available from Neil Arber on 077144 88080.