Full back Miles Greenwood believes new boss Richard Marshall’s reign will herald a return to the kind of free-scoring attacking play that characterised his first spell with Halifax.
Greenwood, now 27, left the club in the autumn of 2011 after playing in the Matt Calland-coached sides that contested two Grand Finals - famously winning the 2010 edition, a game Greenwood missed through injury - and a Northern Rail Cup decider.
And the Oldham-based player, who began his career with St Helens, has already seen signs of the same attitude since pre-season started three weeks ago.
“It won’t be the same, because every coach is different and the personnel are different, but you can see the same kind of attitude developing, even now,” said Greenwood, who is now the only player at the Shay who worked under Calland following the exit of winger Rob Worrincy this autumn.
“I like the way Richard plays and I like the way he sets up his training sessions.
“He wants us to defend with some whack, and that’s certainly not being neglected, but he is not restricting us in attack.
“He is putting faith in people to make decisions, play off the cuff and attack from areas of the field where some coaches would probably say ‘Just get to a kick’.
“He is giving us guidance and some structure, but he is teaching us how to read the game, how to understand what is required.
“That kind of teaching is priceless at any level.”
Greenwood was one of the major casualties of former boss Karl Harrison’s arrival at the club, with talks about a new deal breaking down and the player finally ending up at Championship One Oldham before returning to the Championship with Batley.
“It was probably a series of unfortunate events and miscommunications, but I never wanted to leave in the first place,” said Greenwood.
“That autumn, I thought about knocking it on the head and going to Australia and doing some travelling.
“In the end, Oldham rang me up in December to see if I wanted to go training and maybe play a few games.
“I did that, got the enjoyment back playing for my hometown club and then had two really good years at Batley.
“I think I’ve improved during that time; I read the game better and I’ve scored more tries than I was doing when I was last year.
“I’m excited to be back.”