Halifax coach Karl Harrison is investigating the possibility of adding to his squad after admitting the side for tonight’s Northern Rail Cup trip to Dewsbury (7.30) “picked itself”.
The Championship leaders currently have a clutch of players on the sidelines, with captain and playmaker-in-chief Scott Murrell, winger Rikki Sheriffe and back rower Luke Adamson joining long-term absentees Adam Robinson, Iain Morrison and Anthony Bowman on the sick list.
“The team virtually picked itself this week, and I don’t like that,” said Harrison, whose side are now ‘on the road’ until July 7 while work is carried out on the Shay playing surface.
“We’ve got young Iain Davies, but apart from him the 17 that played at Sheffield are the only established players we have available for selection.
“We’ve investigated the possibility of bringing someone in, and I have spoken to a club about a player, but whether anything materialises from that I don’t know.
“We’ve got a tough schedule coming up and we can’t afford any more injuries.”
Harrison has said he “hopes” that Murrell will be available for next Friday’s Championship trip to Sheffield, while both Bowman and Morrison - who has not featured at first team level for over a year - are pencilled in to play in Saturday’s reserve fixture at Salford.
Adamson could be absent for another month with a broken hand, although Harrison revealed that Robinson, who has had shoulder surgery, was currently ahead of schedule.
“We could have Robbo back in a month; he’s responding well to rehab and he’s in front of where we expected him to be at this stage.”