Harrison: Murrell is playing through the pain barrier

Scott Murrell
Scott Murrell

Halifax coach Karl Harrison has confirmed that captain Scott Murrell is playing with pain killing injections in his hand, a situation that is likely to continue until the end of the season.

Murrell, the former Hull KR playmaker, broke a bone in his hand in the home game with Whitehaven last month, but missed only one game - the home loss to Featherstone - before returning to play in last week’s fixtures against York, Leigh and Barrow.

But Harrison admitted the injury had not healed and was now unlikely to get the chance until the off season.

“Scott’s got a broken bone in his hand and that doesn’t mend in a couple of weeks,” said Harrison.

“He’s struggling, and you’d have thought it was hampering him quite a bit.

“But’s a brave fella and he knows the situation we’re in, so he’s playing with it.

“That’s the way it’s going to be for the rest of the year, probably.”

Harrison’s options for Sunday’s home game with Doncaster could be improved by the return of regular number seven Anthony Thackeray, who limped off early in the midweek defeat at Leigh.

The coach is also considering the potential of under 20s hooker Keith Holden and utility player Callum Casey.

“Thackeray’s just rolled his ankle; he could be available next weekend, if not, hopefully the weekend after,” said Harrison.

“Keith Holden may come into the equation, Callum Casey may come into the equation.

“We just need to try and find a combination that works for us from the players we have available.”