CROCKED Halifax centre Lee Paterson believes he could be fit for the start of the 2012 season - and has confirmed he wants to make his comeback with the current Co-operative Championship champions.
Paterson underwent surgery last week to repair a ruptured cruciate ligament and now faces a minimum of six months rehabilitation.
But the Lancashire-based goalkicker, who was the top points scorer outside Super League in 2010, is already plotting a return to action.
“The surgeon said the op went well and I’m going back next week just to double check everything is as it should be,” said Paterson.
“I’ve got two weeks of basic stretching now, then another month when I can do some light biking or rowing, just to start getting it moving again.
“After that, it’s into the gym and start to rebuild the muscles around the joint.
“I was gutted when I found out how bad an injury it was, because at first we thought it was just cartilage damage that needed tidying up.
“As soon as the specialist saw it though he was pretty sure it was the cruciate and the scan confirmed it.
“I went from looking at a few weeks out to knowing the season was over.”
Paterson, like all his current teammates, is waiting to hear whether or not they will be offered new deals by whoever takes over the coach’s role vacated by Grand Final winning boss Matt Calland last month
While Fax officials have said the identity of the new boss will not be confirmed before the end of the season, Batley’s Karl Harrison remains the runaway favourite for the job.
“It’s a minimum six months before I can play, which is why I wanted to get the surgery out of the way as soon as I could,” said Paterson.
“I’m out of contract, like everyone else, and at least that way I’ve got a chance of getting a solid pre season in and being ready for the start of the season.
“There is obviously going to be a new coach coming in at some stage and I’m just hoping whoever it is will look beyond the injury and give me the chance to show what I can do.
“I still want to be pulling on that blue and white shirt next season.”
WINDSOR Yarns, the company run by Halifax director Ian Croad, have been announced as main sponsors for next month’s James Haley testimonial fixture.
A Halifax select side will tackle touring Australian Queensland Cup side Burleigh Bears at the Shay on Friday, October 21 (8.0).
Haley, the former Ovenden junior who has spent a decade with his hometown club, launched his benefit season last week.