Ambler: Marshall setting Super League standards

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Halifax prop Luke Ambler has likened Richard Marshall’s new training regime to that of Super League giants Leeds Rhinos.

Ambler, who played in the top flight for Leeds before joining his hometown club three years ago, labelled Marshall’s pre-season work as “unbelievable”.

“It’s been really, really good so far; We are all learning and I think everyone is happy with what we’re doing,” said Ambler.

“The best way I can describe it is that it’s like being back at Leeds; with the way the coaching is, the way the weights have been done, the way the new physio is.

“Richard’s very good at breaking skills down, whether it’s the way the ball is passed, how you go into contact, the angles you run, and rebuilding them.

“We’ve worked hard, but we’ve had the ball in our hands a lot as well and hopefully people will see a difference when we get onto the field.”

Ambler, who hoped to be up and running again this week after recovering from an ankle injury, picked out a relatively low-key recruit as one of the most impressive; Marshall’s former Warrington Academy hooker Ryan Maneely.

“I did a couple of sessions with him before I had to sit down because of my ankle and I liked him straight away,” he said.

“He’s got a really nice weight of pass - he doesn’t just throw the ball at you - really good skills and he seems to hold defenders up really well.

“All the new lads have been impressive though; Miles Greenwood, Chris Taylor and Alex Brown have all looked sharp, James Saltonstall’s got some skills, they’re all doing well.”

Off the field, Ambler has spent this week beginning next year’s ‘Give Us a Try’ programme, which sees him visiting schools across Calderdale to try and spark fresh interest in the club.

The junior schools in Ripponden and Triangle have already signed up to visit home games next season, with Ambler confident of filling the other nine slots in the coming days.

“We’ve had a 100 per cent success rate so far with those two committing and we’ve got more visits booked in for next week so it’s not going to take long,” he said.

“The schools can come down to the games, get involved with the club and hopefully have a great experience.

“It’s not a ticketing initiative; it’s about engaging with the community, creating a buzz about the club again and getting in touch with people who might not automatically be interested in rugby league.

“I love getting out there and doing it; I’m passionate about my hometown club and I want other people to be too.”