Halifax will give a debut to former Wakefield centre Danny Cowling in Sunday’s warm up fixture against Keighley at the Shay (3.0).
Cowling, a close season recruit from the Wildcats, missed the Boxing Day draw at Castleford through suspension, the final legacy of his successful dual-registration stint with Doncaster.
But boss Karl Harrison will pitch him into action against the Cougars as part of what looks likely to be an experimental blend of youth and experience.
“Danny will play,” said Harrison.
“He has looked really good in training; he’s a big kid, he’s got plenty of pace and a good pair of hands.
“I’m looking forward to seeing him on the field.”
Harrison was not due to confirm his selection until his side returned to training after an eight-day break on Friday night.
But Cowling looked set to be joined by a smattering of senior players alongside the best of the club’s young talent.
“For us, this is about seeing the younger players in a game against Championship opposition,” said Harrison, who listed former Super League juniors Jack Holmes, Josh Casey, Jarrod Ward and Sam Brooks - an impressive presence at Wheldon Road - and homegrown talents Joe Martin, Miles Fairbank and Brad Delaney among the likely starters.
“Everyone who plays has been training with the first team for the last seven weeks.
“What happens on Sunday will help determine whether they stay with us or whether they drop back down to the junior sides.
“It’s a big day for some of these boys and they are aware of that.”
Harrison is also likely to give game time to former Castleford, Wigan and Widnes prop Ben Davies, who has recovered from the knee injury that kept him out of the clash with the Tigers, while wingers Rob Worrincy and Wayne Reittie and utility player Callum Casey could also feature.
“We’ll see, but neither Rob or Wayne had their best games at Castleford and Callum picked up an injury that cut his time on the field,” said Harrison.
“Ben’s had a scan on his knee which came back clear, so he needs to play as well.”