Gannon: I could do another year

HALIFAX prop Jim Gannon has confirmed he is contemplating extending his playing career into 2012.

The 34 year old Australian, who first arrived at the Shay as a teenager in 1999 before going on to play for Huddersfield, Hull KR and Widnes, has been outstanding since returning to Fax last autumn.

And while he was widely expected to retire this autumn, those plans could now be put on ice for another year.

“I wasn’t planning on it, but at the moment I think I have another good season in me,” said Gannon, who was expected to lead the line against the Vikings at the Shay tonight.

“I’ve enjoyed being back here: I live locally so there’s a lot less travelling, which has helped my game, and a lot more time with my family.

“The kids come to training once in a while and they love their dad playing for the local team.

“It’s been good for everyone and as long as I feel I have something to give I would like to go round again, but in the end that’s a decision for the club and whoever comes in as coach.

“It’s certainly not about money, and it’s probably here or nowhere because I don’t want to be moving around.

“It would mean I’d be finishing at 35, which isn’t a problem for a front rower in this division.

“If you can contribute, which I think I can, it’s irrelevant; if you’re just there for the pay cheque, that’s a different story.”

Gannon certainly contributed in Sunday’s 18-16 defeat at Batley; turning in one of the best performances of a consistently eye-catching season in the middle of the field.

“On that ground, it’s a tough place to play and they’ve always got a good pack of forwards,” he said.

“That’s where the game is won and lost and as a front rower and a senior player it’s my job to stick it to them, really.

“I enjoy it when it’s like that.

“It’s a fine line and you need to learn to control it and even now I am still learning how to focus it in the right way.

“You want to get good shots in, but not penalties.

“Overall it was good to get a bit of aggression back in the defence, getting off the line and sticking it to them, which maybe we haven’t been doing the last couple of weeks.

“It wasn’t the result we wanted, even though we could probably have snuck over for it at the end, but as a performance it was a step in the right direction.

“There was a lot of good stuff in there.”