Halifax centre Ben Heaton has credited coach Richard Marshall as being behind his upsurge in form in 2015.
Heaton’s future with the club looked in doubt when he was farmed out to Batley by former coach Karl Harrison last summer.
And even after Marshall’s arrival as boss, the former Oldham player had to bide his time as Steve Tyrer and Chris Taylor dominated the early-season selection.
But Heaton has not looked back since forcing his way into the team in the spring, with his two tries in last weekend’s 22-14 loss at league leaders Leigh putting him level at the top of the club’s charts with another of the season’s success stories, young winger James Saltonstall.
“I’ve improved a lot and I’m happy with where I am at the moment,” said Heaton, who is out of contract at the end of the season.
“I’m talking to Rich during the week a lot and he’s bringing different things into my game.
“I’m progressing slowly and feel like I’m getting better and better; I’m enjoying it.
“Rich has taught me a lot and I’ve tried to take it all in.
“He’s a good coach; I’m doing what he’s asking me to do and the results are coming on the pitch, so that speaks a lot for his ability.”
Last weekend’s reverse was the latest in a succession of narrow losses against teams above Fax on the Championship ladder.
“It’s frustrating; it could have gone either way,” said Heaton.
“We’ve been there a few times this year, but I was proud of how we played last weekend.
“In other games, I think we’ve slacked off at times and let it get away from us, but we didn’t do that.
“Sometimes you don’t get the result, you just need to deal with.
“We’ll learn from it and come back against Whitehaven next weekend.
“We’ll stick at it.”