Divorty wants to prove he’s an 80-minute performer

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Halifax forward Ross Divorty believes he still has work to do to prove he can be an 80-minute Championship player for Karl Harrison’s side ahead of Sunday’s trip to Whitehaven (3.0).

The former Featherstone forward, the son of Harrison’s former Fax teammate Gary, has been in good form during the early weeks of the season, making a strong impact from the substitutes’ bench.

But the Wales international admits he is hungry to play a bigger part in Fax’s season.

“I’d like a few more minutes, but I know I probably need to get a bit fitter,” said Divorty.

“When I was at Featherstone I was a bit of a super sub, but I don’t want to be that sort of player really, although I’m always happy to do that if it’s best for the team.

“I feel I’m an 80 minute player but I probably need to prove to everyone that I can be effective for long minutes rather than just 15 or 20 at a time.

“I’m not quite sure where Karl wants me to play, whether that’s back row, prop or loose forward, and I think he is still finding that out too, so it’s a work in progress.”

Divorty underlined his impact value in last weekend’s Challenge Cup date with Hull Dockers, setting up a try for young prop Sam Brooks almost immediately as Fax went from a 22-6 half time lead to a 70-6 success.

“The second half was a lot better,” said Divorty, who will be back in league action on Sunday when Fax travel to the Recreation Ground.

“The main objective was to go forward, be smarter and the scoreboard tells the story.

“Whitehaven will be tough this weekend; they are always up for the challenge at home and if we don’t turn up and perform, we will get beaten.

“We’ve a long way to go in terms of our league form; I don’t think we are firing on all cylinders yet.

“We’ve got a lot of good players to come in back in, so we’ve the team for it, there’s no doubt about that.”

Huddersfield prop forward Anthony Mullally will remain on loan at Bradford until the end of the season.

The Giants have allowed Mullally to extend his spell after he originally joined Bradford for a month, but they can recall him at 24 hours’ notice.

The 22-year-old Ireland international has struggled to secure a regular role at Huddersfield and coach Paul Anderson wants him to gain more first-team experience at Odsal.

“Anthony needs to play consistently and I am happy for him to be a part of the Bulls squad,” said the Giants boss.