HALIFAX will be without back rower Sam Barlow for Sunday’s Co-operative Championship clash with Sheffield at the Shay after he was hit with a two game ban by last night’s meeting of the Rugby Football League’s disciplinary committee.
Barlow was placed on report by referee Phil Bentham after taking a feet-off-the-floor swing at Bradford front rower Andy Lynch on the first tackle of Fax’s Carnegie Challenge Cup derby defeat by the Bulls nine days ago.
Barlow, the former Eagles player, was also fined £50 but believes he will be available for Fax’s next game, the televised clash with Co-operative Championship pacesetters Leigh at the LSV on Thursday, June 2.
“Because we’ve got a blank weekend, they’ve told us the under 23s game that weekend will count, so I should be back for Leigh,” said Barlow, who made a personal appearance at Red Hall but admitted his chequered record “counted against” him.
“I’m disappointed to miss Sheffield, obviously, but that’s the way it goes.
“I didn’t actually think the tackle itself was that bad, it was a bit reckless but it certainly wasn’t malicious.
“It was the first minute of a derby that we’d all waited a long time for and I was pumped up for it.
“I maybe got a bit carried away, but that’s the way I play the game.
“I’ve always had that aggression.”
Huddersfield have been handed a boost with the news prop Keith Mason has signed a long term deal with the club.
The 29-year-old is set to finish his career at the Galpharm Stadium after signing a contract which will take him to the end of the 2015 season.
The former Wakefield and St Helens forward has made 117 appearances for the Giants since joining them from Castleford five years ago.
Mason, who is currently on the sidelines with a knee injury, is delighted to secure his long-term future.
He said: “I am very thankful for the club’s faith in me and I’m planning to reward them with some good years ahead.
“There is a good nucleus of us on long-term deals and it is exciting to be around quality players going forward as we strive to be successful.”
Huddersfield coach Nathan Brown added: “It is good news for the Giants. Keith is a good hard-working player and that is something we have based ourselves on here over the last few years.”