Ambler deal was done in minutes

ON-loan Leeds prop Luke Ambler has revealed it took less than 40 minutes to seal his whirlwind switch to Halifax.

The 22 year old former Ovenden junior, who signed for Salford as a teenager before being snapped up by the Rhinos, made his debut for his hometown club in Sunday’s nail-biting 34-32 Northern Rail Cup defeat to Featherstone.

And Ambler, who turned in two spells off the bench as Fax bossed the 2011 Championship winners for long periods, admitted the move had come out of the blue.

“I was in the gym at 10.20am on Friday and Brian McDermott came over and said Karl had been on the phone and wanted to give me some game time,” said Ambler, who spent last season on loan with Harlequins.

“He asked whether I’d be interested and I said ‘Yes’ straight away.

“Twenty minutes later I was signing the forms in the office and by 11 I was in the car on my way home to get ready for training on Friday night.

“Playing for my home town team at home against last season’s Championship champions was great; it doesn’t really get any better.

“I hate the cliche, players saying they support a club when they sign for them, but it’s genuine for me.

“I always try to go down to the Shay when I’m not playing, probably five to 10 games a year, and I’ve got a lot of friends in this team as well.

“It meant a lot to be out there on Sunday and I was really proud that my family were all there to see me play.

“There’s been talk this season about Super League clubs taking me, but to come here is just as big for me.

“It’s just a shame about the result, because it would have been nice to get the win.”

Just how long Ambler is with Fax remains to be seen, with his initial stay - which was set up on a dual-registration contract, giving the Rhinos the right of immediate recall - limited to a month.

But the Ireland international admitted he would be happy to stay for longer.

“It’s a dual-reg, so I can get called back at any point,” he confirmed.

“I’m here to help cover for the players who are down injured; but it could be one week, two weeks, a month or the rest of the season if everyone agrees.

“It was hard to show what I could do on Sunday after one session, but hopefully I will get a run at it now and get some good minutes behind me.”