Halifax forward Andy Bracek believes he is finally getting back to the form he had before a series of knee injuries nearly wrecked his career.
The front rower has been one of Karl Harrison’s most consistent performers so far this season, turning in long stints - 70 minutes at Featherstone a fortnight ago - in the heat of midfield.
And the former St Helens and Warrington player, who played against Fax for Barrow in the 2009 Grand Final, admits he is happy with his current progress.
“I am enjoying it and I feel I am finally getting back to where I was at Barrow in 2009 and early 2010,” said the Wales international.
“I don’t think I’ve fired on all cylinders since then and it’s only these last few games I’ve felt I was coming back to that level.
“Hopefully, I’ll only get better as the season goes on, as I get used to playing with Ben Kaye and Paul Mennell at hooker.”
Bracek and his teammates ended their losing streak at two games with a thrilling 30-28 success over Sheffield last weekend, a result the player admitted was a crucial one.
“We really needed it,” said Bracek, who expects a typical Challenge Cup test when Fax face the amateurs of Hull Dockers in the third round at Hull KR’s Craven Park ground on Sunday.
“If we hadn’t won it, there’d have been some big repercussions; league table wise and mentally.
“We should have beaten Batley the week before, we could have beaten Featherstone the week before that and we came close to messing up against Sheffield.
“Those are hard games to lose and take a lot of out of you, much more than losing by 20 or 30 points sometimes.
“When you know you had it in the bag, it hurts you mentally and it’s important we managed to get that game over the line.
“We were dominant up front; I think we’ve got a great pack of forwards and if we have a plan and stick to it, we’ll take some beating.
“Sunday will be a typical game for this stage of the Cup; they’ll want to bar up, make it physical and give a good account of themselves.”