Holden not putting a time limit on trial chance

Keith Holden
Keith Holden

Hooker Keith Holden says he is taking his trial with Halifax “one game at a time” as he works towards earning a contract for 2013.

The 19 year old, a former England under 16s player who began his professional career with Warrington, arrived at the Shay before Christmas after spending 2012 with Super League outfit Widnes.

Holden has played in both Fax’s pre season outings so far; victory at Keighley on Boxing Day and the defeat at Dewsbury last weekend.

But he insists he is not setting himself - or coach Karl Harrison - any deadlines to make a decision on his future.

“I feel like I am doing okay; I just need to keep going with my head down and see what Karl says at the end of the day,” said Holden.

“I have not really spoken to Karl about putting a time frame on it, it’s just ongoing.

“I am just taking it one week at a time.

“It’s going pretty well, I have settled in okay and all the lads have been good with me.

“It’s a step back in some ways, coming from Super League, but it’s a stride forward as well.

“I thought I had a chance of getting another contract at Widnes, but it never came off in the end.

“I wasn’t playing first team there and I think the Championship is a better standard than playing Super League under 20s.

“I think it’s quite a big step up to be honest; the game at Dewsbury was pretty quick and pretty physical.”

Holden is aiming to uphold a family tradition of top class number nines, his father and grandfather - who also share his name - both playing for Warrington.

But it is his late brother in law, former Great Britain player Terry Newton, who he cites as a profound influence.

Newton, who played for Warrington, Wigan, Leeds and Bradford, committed suicide at the end of 2010.

“What happened to Terry had a huge impact on me and everyone around my family,” said Holden.

“I have never really spoken about it, but for 12 months it had a massive effect on us all.

“It was a lot to deal with; Terry was like a brother to me.

“He coached me at amateur level at Wigan St Judes and he was a real big loss.

“If I can ever be half as good as he was, I will be happy.”