HALIFAX forward Iain Morrison believes he is “due” an injury-free run in boss Karl Harrison’s new-look side.
Morrison arrived at the Shay in the autumn after two disrupted years at Featherstone; his 2011 season ending in June’s Northern Rail Cup semi final against Fax when a collision with his new teammate Makali Aizue left him with a broken jaw.
But after making an impressive return to action in the 44-6 Boxing Day victory over Keighley, the 28 year old is hoping for a change in fortune.
“I was just desperate to be out there playing again, because seven months ago I couldn’t imagine that,” said Morrison, who played alongside Aizue at Hull KR.
“Makali destroyed my jaw, broken is not the word. I still can’t feel my face, but the legs move and I can catch and pass, so I’ll just get on with it.
“After a big accident like that, it’s always a massive relief when you play again.
“It was just good to get some time under my belt; 20 minutes in the first half and then the whole of the second.
“I felt a bit rusty, but I got into it as the game went on.
“I don’t think there’s anything left for me to break now; I’ve done my knee, eye socket, jaw, fractured my skull.
“I keep telling myself I am due a good run, a bit of luck.
“The doctors tell me that you always heal stronger so theoretically I think my body is probably stronger now than it was when I was born.”
Morrison, who has also played for Huddersfield and Widnes, has twice featured in title winning seasons, with Hull KR in 2006 and Featherstone last season.
And while expectations are high that Harrison’s side can challenge for the 2012 Co-operative Championship crown, the Londoner, who can play prop or back row, was keen to keep a lid on expectations.
“It’s hard to make big statements at this time of year,” said Morrison.
“Every team starts the year with the best of intentions, but we’ve all come here for a reason and that’s to win things.
“We have a good mix up front; some big blokes, some good skills, some real athletes.
“I’m just looking forward to the season now.
“Personally, I’ll play anywhere; front row, back row.
“I’m still trying to get a bit of weight back on after the injury and I think I’ll probably get swapped around a little bit depending on who else is fit and who we’re playing.”
FORMER Halifax full back Miles Greenwood has joined his hometown club, Championship One side Oldham.
Greenwood, who turned down a new deal to stay at the Shay in the autumn, has signed for the Roughyeds on a one year contract.
“Miles is quality,” said Oldham chairman Chris Hamilton.
“He has had a lot of Championship experience over the last five years and, more than that, he has always played for clubs at the top end of that division. We’ve pulled off a fantastic signing.”