HALIFAX winger Rob Worrincy admits he is paying the price for indifferent pre-season form as he fights to force his way into boss Karl Harrison’s line up for Sunday’s final Northern Rail Cup group game at London Skolars (3.0).
Worrincy has missed two of Fax’s first three competitive matches and effectively finds himself as Harrison’s third choice flanker behind Paul White and Wayne Reittie, who returned from a one-week absence for last weekend’s 34-32 loss to Featherstone.
And the London-born speedster knows he has ground to make up ahead of the trip to the capital.
“I am probably paying the price for not coming out with all guns blazing in the pre-season games,” said Worrincy.
“It’s unfortunate for me, but we’ve got so much competition in the outside backs.
“There’s White and Reittie in the team now, and there’s me, Lee Paterson and then James Haley to still come back in.
“You can go about it one of two ways: You can sulk and have a moan about it, which doesn’t do anyone any good, or you can get that extra few per cent out of yourself that you might not have found in another situation.
“I just need to get in the gym, get on the training field and do the things that are going to get me in that starting 13.
“Hopefully, I will get a chance in the next few weeks and when I get it I need to take it and make sure I keep the shirt.”
Worrincy’s absence from the side meant a rollercoaster Sunday afternoon as he watched Fax’s compelling clash with Rovers from the stands.
And while the 2011 Championship winners finally took the spoils courtesy of Liam Finn’s brilliant last-play conversion, Worrincy believes he saw enough from his teammates to hint at better days ahead.
“However disappointing it is not to be involved, it’s even more disappointing to see the boys lose a game like Sunday’s, when a draw was the least they deserved,” he said.
“It was a great game and I think anyone who was lucky enough to see it saw a great advert for the sport.
“It was two of the better teams in our league having a right tussle; I was jumping up and down in the stands thinking we’d got it won only to have my head in my hands at the end.
“It was just an unbelievable game, but I think the way we played bodes well for the future for this team.”
Bradford scrum-half Luke Gale will have an operation on his injured ankle this weekend and is expected to be sidelined for between six and eight weeks.
Gale, sustained the injury in the opening minutes of the Bulls’ home defeat by Wigan 11 days ago.