Fax fly to Spain for training trip

Rugby League - Fax v Swinton at Salford'James Haley
Rugby League - Fax v Swinton at Salford'James Haley

HALIFAX will fly to southern Spain next week for a last-minute five day training camp near Murcia.

Boss Matt Calland and his players, who have partly funded the trip with their own money, jet out next Monday morning and return on Friday, two days before they meet holders Batley in their final Northern Rail Cup group game.

“It’s something we’ve been keen on for a while, but it’s only now we’ve managed to get everything sorted,” said Calland, who has already taken his squad away once, for a two-day stint at RAF Cranwell in Lincolnshire.

“We’ve set it up through Sky Resorts, who are a company I know in Oldham who organise a lot of camps for professional sports teams.

“There are plenty of benefits to it, the weather, the facilities, the chance to be together as a group for a full week.

“It’s basically going to give us an opportunity to be full time for five days, which will mean being able to do things we normally just don’t have time for.

“There’ll be a lot more one on one coaching than we can normally do, the chance to sit down with players individually and address the parts of the game we think they can improve.

“We’ll be back nice and early on Friday and it should be perfect preparation for Batley on the Sunday.”

Two players who are likely to have the pain of their financial contribution to the trip eased slightly are threequarter James Haley and veteran back rower David Larder, who have both been granted testimonials by the Rugby Football League.

Larder, who has played 391 games for Keighley, Rochdale, Leigh and Fax, has been given a three-month benefit for services to the game.

Haley, who joined Fax as a 16 year old from Ovenden, will have a full year after 10 seasons with his hometown club.

“I can’t think of two players who deserve it more,” said Calland.

“Not only are they terrific players on the field, they are great people off it too.”