Craven relishing his opportunity with Fax

Danny Craven stands his ground at Featherstone
Danny Craven stands his ground at Featherstone

Widnes half back Danny Craven says he is “thankful” for the chance to be part of Halifax’s push for a top four Championship finish.

Craven is on a season-long loan deal from the Vikings and turned in arguably his best performance for Fax in Saturday night’s 40-22 win at Featherstone, scoring a crucial second half try.

Victory at Post Office Road lifted Richard Marshall’s side up to fourth, although they dropped back to fifth after Dewsbury’s draw at Workington on Sunday left the Rams a point clear.

“We’ve been conscious of not beating those teams, so to give Featherstone the runaround on their own pitch will hopefully stand us in good stead for the next few weeks now,” said Craven, whose side are next in action at Hunslet on Friday night (8.0).

“In terms of the top four, it was really important we got the win and a good performance.

“There was a steely attitude during the week and that showed on the night.

“We were clinical with the ball, put some good plays on and scored some nice tries.

“For me, I am just enjoying playing and getting that game time week in, week out.

“There’s a good set of lads here who play with a lot of confidence and I feel like I’ve fitted in quite well.

“I train at Halifax on a Thursday and Friday and the rest of the week with Widnes, which is hard at times, but coming up with wins like that makes it worthwhile.

“I just want to get my performances up to a level I’m happy with; I’ve not had the time on the field and I’ve been hampered with a few silly injuries, so I’m feeling a lot more confident about things having put some games together.”

Craven signed a new three-year deal with the Vikings last season and remains focused on forcing his way up the pecking order in Denis Betts’ side.

“I’ve got some utility value for Widnes, because they know they can play me at one, three, four, six, seven or nine and I think that will go in my favour at some stage,” said Craven.

“I’m a Widnes player and I want to play for Widnes, but to come here and play with a really skilful set of players is a great opportunity that I’m really thankful for.”