Halifax coach Richard Marshall says the initial signs from the club’s first crop of overseas imports in three years are good - but it will be early 2015 before he really knows what they are capable of.
Cook Islands prop Adam Tangata and Australians Mitch Cahalane, a prop, and Matt Place, a half back, trained with their new teammates for the first time last week.
The trio, all recruited from NSW side Mt Pritchard Mounties by Fax’s Marshall’s predecessor Karl Harrison, should bolster Marshall’s selection ahead of his first season in charge.
“They’ve done okay,” said Marshall, whose side play the first of two pre season games at Hull KR on January 11.
“They did their first session with me last Thursday night and then did the hills at Shibden with us on Sunday morning, which was a really tough session.
“There was hail, there was rain and I wondered if they might be back on a plane home on Sunday night.
“Physically, Mitch and Adam are in decent shape and offer the kind of physical presence we wanted.
“We didn’t have a lot of cover in that area, but the indications are that those two, with Luke Ambler and Richard Moore, will give us some good options there.
“Matt was a little bit dusty initially, but he got into the session on Thursday and did some nice things in the games we played.
“The two props looked a bit sharper on the hills, but again Matt got through the work and knows what he needs to do now.
“Realistically, I think it’s going to be January before we really know what they’re capable of.
“The other guys have been going for six weeks now, so all three of them are playing catch up.
“They’re based locally, so we can get a little bit of extra work into them, but at the same time we don’t want to flog them and they need to enjoy it too.”