Larder: I’ve still got it

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HALIFAX’S veteran forward David Larder has insisted he still has something to offer the club this season.

But the former Leigh and Rochdale player, whose comeback appearance in last weekend’s 36-28 loss to Batley lasted less than 10 minutes before being cut short by a head wound, has admitted to having second thoughts over his decision to continue playing in 2011.

“I was hoping Sunday was going to kick start the season for me, but instead I’ve ended up taking a backward step,” said Larder, who is mixing his on-field role with a job on head coach Matt Calland’s backroom staff.

“I have struggled all season. I didn’t run for about six weeks because of a hamstring injury, so I have only been able to train properly the last four or five weeks.

“I have got myself somewhere near fit now and Matt gave me a chance at the weekend.

“Unfortunately, it was short lived, but that’s life.

“I still feel a fit Dave Larder has something to offer over the next few months, but at the moment I am a bit off that.

“I have played 80 minutes for the 23s a couple of times, but with no disrespect to that competition it is a totally different level to the Championship.

“I need to get fit and get some gametime and see where I go from there.”

Larder, who will be hoping for another opportunity when Fax head to Dewsbury for Sunday’s Co-operative Championship fixture, also confessed to doubting whether he had made the right decision to carry on in the wake of last September’s Grand Final win over Featherstone.

“It’s been a frustrating year and if I am being honest a lot of times I felt I should have knocked it on the head,” he said.

“But hindsight is a wonderful thing. I felt at the end of last season I still had something to offer and I stand by that.

“But you cannot legislate for the niggling injuries I have had since then.

“It’s only looking back now when you think ‘I should have quit’.

“You can never know what is going to happen.”

HALIFAX under 23s take on Dewsbury at the Shay tonight (7.30).

Australians Brian Smith and Matthew Elliott, who were in charge of Bradford at the advent of Super League in 1996, will be reunited at Sydney Roosters next season.

Elliott, who succeeded Smith as head coach at Odsal before returning to Australia in 2000, has been appointed as his assistant at the Roosters on a two-year contract.