Harrison: early focus on playing style

Karl Harrison
Karl Harrison

Halifax’s players can expect an immediate focus on playing style and tactics when they return to training on Monday.

Karl Harrison’s 2014 squad held their first get together at the Shay on Wednesday night ahead of getting down to business next week.

And the former Test prop, whose side fell one game short of the 2013 Grand Final after losing to back-to-back champions Sheffield, outlined a different approach to this winter’s preparation.

“We are straight into the football side of things; in the first two weeks there will be a lot of focus on strategy and how we want to play next season,” said Harrison, who has completely revamped his playmaking options, with half backs Ben Johnston, Simon Brown and hookers Ben Kaye and Paul Mennell all incoming.

“It’s a big year next year for every club in the Championship and we don’t have time to mess about.

“Everyone has had a programme to follow during the break and they’re reporting back in decent physical condition.

“We’re in Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday right through until Boxing Day, when we play at Castleford.”

Harrison reported a positive atmosphere at his squad’s first meeting, during which he emphasised what he expects of his players.

“Everyone was there; the players, the directors, the coaches,” he said.

“We spoke about the history of the club, about the expectations of the club.

“I was impressed with the attitude and belief of some of the young kids we’ve signed; I think they’re going to be pushing some of the senior players out if they’re not careful.”