Tonks: Fax go on and complete double triumph

Halifax recruit Tony Tonks is bullish about the club’s 2012 prospects, insisting they can complete a Northern Rail Cup and Co-operative Championship double.

To do that, Fax need to outgun Tonks’ former employers and reigning Championship champions Featherstone Rovers in the NRC decider at Blackpool on July 29, ahead of a likely rematch in the play offs.

Rovers crushed Fax 24-4 in a top-two showdown at the Shay last month, a game Tonks - who signed a short-term deal at the Shay on Tuesday after being released by Super League side Huddersfield - watched from the stands as a guest of boss Karl Harrison.

“That was a one-sided game,” admitted Tonks, who will not be eligible to play at Bloomfield Road.

“But if you go back a few weeks before that, Halifax went to Featherstone and put 60-points on them.

“I know that any team that is capable of going to Post Office Road and doing that can win everything that is in front of them, whether it’s the Northern Rail Cup or the Championship.

“I’ve got a lot of friends at Featherstone, but my loyalties on the field are with Halifax now.

“I want to salvage something from this season and finish with some silverware and a smile on my face.

“I’m confident we can do that.”

Tonks, who could make a home debut in Sunday’s league clash with Swinton (3.0), has endured a testing year, with his move to the Giants - a reward for several years of commanding performances for Rovers - bedevilled by bad luck.

“Mentally, it’s been difficult,” said the 27 year old, who missed Huddersfield’s pre-season programme through suspension and then broke his arm, meaning he made just one senior appearance, at Hull KR.

“I’d just got used to the full time environment when I broke my arm at the end of March.

“I’ve been unlucky really, I really grafted to make the most of the chance but it just didn’t work out for me.

“Huddersfield have looked after me really well; the medical staff and the conditioners have really kept me in shape even though I’ve not been playing.

“I’m fit, but not match fit; if I can get a couple of games under my belt I’ll be flying.”

Tonks, who said the Giants “told me they had not seen enough of me” to trigger a contract option for 2013, has signed a short-term deal at the Shay but is hopeful that will be quickly extended.

“Karl signed me at Bradford when I was 16 or 17,” said Tonks.

“He’s someone I respected then and have always wanted to play for.

“The sooner we can sort something longer term out, the sooner my mind will be at rest.”