Injured centre Mick Nanyn will make only his second appearance for 18 months when Halifax’s under 20s travel to Leigh tonight (7.45).
The record-breaking threequarter, who sits seventh on the game’s all-time pointscoring charts, had a knee reconstruction last spring after playing just 40 minutes for his new club following a close-season switch from Leigh and has endured a rehabilitation beset with difficulties.
An earlier comeback attempt ended in disappointment, with a further minor operation delaying his return even further.
“Mick’s playing tonight and it’s a huge thing for him; massive,” said coach Karl Harrison.
“He’s worked very hard to get to this point and I think everyone at the club hopes it goes well for him.”
Two more players on the comeback trail, utility back Anthony Bowman and forward Iain Morrison, are also likely to figure in a fixture that will be played at Leigh Miners ARL, not the LSV.
Bowman’s involvement means he is almost certainly not considered a half back option for Friday’s Championship fixture at Sheffield.
“Anthony could play in both, but it’s probably unlikely,” said Harrison.