Holleyhead charged with closing gap on full time rivals

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Incoming Halifax conditioner Andy Holleyhead has said he is confident the club will be able to compete physically with the three full time teams in next season’s Championship.

Holleyhead, a 25 year old sports scientist who has spent the last three seasons working alongside new Fax boss Richard Marshall at Warrington, succeeds former BARLA international Nigel Halmshaw.

And the Yorkshireman, who has already begun drawing up individual training programme’s for the club’s players, is clearly excited by the challenge of doing battle with the full time squads of Bradford, Leigh and London.

“It’s my first job as a head conditioner, the first chance to take on my own team, and I’m really excited by the challenge and the opportunity,” said Holleyhead.

“I’ve worked with a great set of coaches at Warrington; Tony Smith, Richard, Willie Poching and Chris Baron, who is the head conditioner and the England conditioner, and I’m ready to step up now.

“I started there as a sports scientist, but I became increasingly involved in the strength and conditioning side of things, working with Chris.

“I spoke to Simon Grix about Halifax and what the club was like and when I was offered the job I bit their hand off.

“Next year is going to be a massive challenge, but I’m confident we can take the guys to the next level physically and compete with those full time teams.”

Holleyhead’s major challenge is adapting the techniques that proved so successful with the Wolves’ full timers to Fax’s part-timers.

“The first thing I did when I got the job was to ask for a list of everyone’s occupations,” he said.

“It’s about tailoring the programmes to the individual; a guy who’s laying bricks all day can deal with a different workload to someone who is behind a desk.

“I’ve worked with a couple of guys who have come out of the Championship in Chris Hill and Anthony England and it’s been fantastic seeing their progression at Warrington.

“It’s about building a rapport with players, working with them as individuals and helping them be the best they can be.

“I’ll give them as much help as they want, whether that’s with training, nutrition, recovery, whatever they need.”