Divorty out of Northern Rail Cup final

Ross Divorty
Ross Divorty

Halifax’s former Featherstone back rower Ross Divorty has ruled himself out of Sunday’s Northern Rail Cup final against Rovers, admitting it could be another two months before he can play again.

Divorty, who notched a hat trick at Post Office Road in May as Fax romped to a stunning 60-point win, has been sidelined with ankle ligament damage but had told Courier Sport he hoped to be fit to play in the Blackpool showpiece.

But after a second appointment with a specialist, the son of former Fax loose forward Gary has had to concede defeat.

“I’m going to be a while yet,” said Divorty, who was out for 12 weeks at the start of the year after fracturing his vertebrae in a gym accident.

“I think there was some miscommunication when I saw the specialist first time around; it was a case of me hearing what I wanted to hear rather than what he was telling me.

“It’s healing well, but he’s told me it is normally a three month injury and we’re only a month or so in.

“There’s no exact date for me, which is difficult because I like to be able to set my goals, but it’s going to be towards the end of the season.

“Even then, I’m going to have to be in shape to play, because I’m not just going to walk back into the side with the players we have.

“It’s massively frustrating, but what can you do?

“I just want the chance to show what I’m capable of and I’ve not really had it this season.”

Divorty is arguably better placed than anyone to assess Sunday’s contest, having played in Rovers’ Grand Final win over Sheffield last September.

“We need to get our heads round the fact it is going to be a really committed, tough, physical game because that’s how Featherstone play,” he said.

“We’ve got the attacking players to break them down, but getting on top in the ruck area is the key.”

Elsewhere, Fax have extended the loan of another forward, Joe Chandler, at Championship rivals Dewsbury for another month.