HALIFAX centre Steve Tyrer believes he has stolen an early march in the race to become the club’s number one goalkicker.
The former Widnes and St Helens player is battling his midfield partner, points-machine Mick Nanyn, for the marksman’s job in Karl Harrison’s new-look side.
The pair shared the job in the 44-6 Boxing Day win over Keighley, with Nanyn landing two from three before the break and Tyrer - who also impressed in general play, scoring two tries - kicking four from five in the second half.
“I think I’m in the driving seat now,” said Tyrer.
“We had half a game each but I went for the second half because I thought we’d score more tries, which we did.
“I used my brain, he didn’t, so I think it worked out for me.
“We both missed one, but I slipped so I think I’ll claim that as well.
“It’s a good bit of banter between us: I want to do it and Mick wants to do it, but we can’t both do it.
“It’s a friendly rivalry; I travel over with Mick all the time and as long as one of us is knocking them over, it doesn’t matter who’s doing it.
“It’s part of the game we shouldn’t struggle at and as long as whoever is doing the job is in form, we’ll be fine.”
Generally, Tyrer echoed Harrison’s positive reaction to his side’s first pre-season outing.
“It was a solid start for us, it’s going to take a few games for us to hit our stride and we’ve got a few players to come back, but I think we can be pleased with that,” he said.
“There’s only a few players left from last season, it’s a really new squad and I think it’s a really strong squad.
“I think Karl was reasonably happy; We’ve conceded one try and I don’t think we can really complain at that, especially against a very spirited Keighley team.
“The games can’t come soon enough for us now.”
And after being being cut by Super League-bound Widnes in the autumn, the St Helens-born player - who burst on to the Super League scene with the Knowsley Road club as a teenager - is relishing a fresh start in West Yorkshire.
“Personally, what happened at Widnes was a real body blow,” admitted Tyrer, who has also played for Salford and the now-defunct Crusaders in the top flight.
“I live in the town and to be told I wasn’t going up with them was devastating at the time.
“But within a couple of days Karl was on the phone to me and he turned my head straight away.
“This is a new challenge for me and I want to settle at a club now and establish myself.
“I’m still only 22, but I played my first game for Saints at 16 so it seems like I’ve been around for a while.
“I’ve got a lot of years to go and it’s onwards and upwards for me with Halifax now.”
Warrington’S Richie Myler will miss the start of Super League after dislocating an elbow in the 32-18 Boxing Day victory over Widnes.