HALIFAX half back Danny Jones hopes his performance in last weekend’s Challenge Cup defeat by Bradford could finally kick-start his second spell with his hometown club ahead of Sunday’s trip to Featherstone.
Jones, who was a mainstay of Fax’s reserve side before enjoying a breakthrough three season stint with Keighley, returned to the Shay last winter but has struggled to consistently replicate the form that made him a star for the Cougars in 2010.
He kicked off the game against the Bulls on the bench, but got into the action early after veteran stand off Graham Holroyd was withdrawn by boss Matt Calland after Mick Potter’s side went 10-0 up.
And the former Ovenden junior ended up being one of Fax’s best on the day as Calland’s side went down 46-34 against their Super League rivals.
“It was unlucky for Graham but his misfortune was probably my gain,” said Jones, who is aiming to keep his spot when Calland names his squad for Post Office Road, his first selected with the input of former Great Britain coach Brian Noble.
“Bradford had a game plan and that’s the way it is as a half back, sometimes you get slaughtered, sometimes you’re the hero.
“It’s the pressure that’s always there with the club having three half backs, if you don’t play well you are sat in the stand or sat in the dug out.
“I’ve been looking for some consistency and it has been frustrating at times, but I just want to knuckle down now and show what I can do.
“I played well in a struggling side last year, then I have come here to a better team - no disrespect to Keighley, because I have a lot of fond memories from there - and it’s not happened for me.
“I’ll admit there have been a few thoughts about that decision over the last couple of weeks.
“But I am not a quitter and I want to stick it out and come out the other side.”
And despite Fax’s one-win-from-seven start to the Co-operative Championship season, Jones believes there is still plenty to play for if Noble’s presence can help turn the tide quickly.
“There is still a long way to go in the season - 13 games, 39 points - so it has not gone by a long chalk,” he said.
“We can recover this and get back to where the club was last season.
“I think we gave a better account of ourselves and that gives us confidence for the Featherstone game.”