Halifax prop Luke Ambler says he is nearing peak fitness again after being jolted into action by the club’s first league loss of 2013 at Featherstone a month ago.
Ambler was impressive in defeat against Sheffield last Friday, having visibly slimmed-down since the 40-18 reverse at Post Office Road at the end of April.
“Personally, I was really disappointed with my performance in the Featherstone game,” said Ambler, who missed a string of games in the spring with what he has now confirmed was a fracture in his foot.
“I beat myself up a bit after that and since then I’ve gone really clean with my diet and I’ve been doing a lot of extras in training.
“I’m training full time, really.”
“I have lost quite a bit of weight, probably about six kilos.
“At the start of the year, I felt fit while being bigger than I had been.
“But I put a bit too much pork on when I was out with my foot.
“Not many people know my foot was actually broken, because we chose not to make that public.
“With the grounds firming up now, I need to trim down because I want to stay a long-minute prop.
“I’ve probably got another three or four kilos to lose before I am happy.”
While Ambler’s form is on an upward curve, Fax’s trajectory is less stellar, with four losses in five starts going into Sunday’s league fixture against Swinton at Leigh Sports Village (3.0).
“We’ve just not managed to get back to that ruthless mindset where we were closing games off when we had the chance,” said the Ireland international, who scored a last-minute solo try to win the corresponding fixture last summer.
“It felt like we weren’t far off at Sheffield; at 14-6 at half time we still felt we had it in us to go and get the win.
“We’re our own worst enemies at the moment, with brain explosions here and there.
“The effort is there, I think anyone can see that, and we are all working hard.
“It’s just those little things that are going against us at the moment and in games like that you pay the price.
“It took a last minute effort to beat Swinton last year and we don’t want to have to do that again.
“We just need to go there and do a job.”