Worrincy: Rikki is wing frontrunner

Rikki Sheriffe
Rikki Sheriffe

Halifax speedster Rob Worrincy has conceded that new recruit Rikki Sheriffe is likely to start the Championship season as the club’s first choice wingman.

Sheriffe, who signed up for a third spell with his hometown club after leaving Premiership union outfit Newcastle Falcons last summer, has arguably been Fax’s most consistent player across the pre-season outings at Keighley, Dewsbury and Batley.

And Worrincy, who made his first appearance of the year at Mount Pleasant, admits he probably has work to do ahead of Thursday night’s league opener against reigning champions Sheffield Eagles.

“I think Rikki has gone really well; he’s had three good pre-season performances so I think he could be down as one of the starting wingers,” said Worrincy.

“After that, it’s probably a toss up between me and Lee Paterson for the other place.

“We have some quality on the flanks again this year, which means there is a lot of pressure to perform.

“Wayne (Reittie) is unfortunately out for a while, but we’ve got Rikki and Paterson, Ryan Fieldhouse had a spell there against Batley and there’s young Freddy Walker as well.

“Everyone is capable of doing a job, so no one is going to be able to rest on their laurels.

“It’s going to be close and difficult, but that competition is good for the team.

“Last year it was me, Wayne and Paul White and I felt it ended up bringing the best out of all three of us.

“We all made a good contribution across the year and I’m sure it will be the same this year.”

Worrincy declared himself relatively content with his own seasonal debut and is confident he will be ready to start against the Eagles - the club he left at the end of 2008 to join Fax - if selected.

“It was good to be back on the field, even though Batley wasn’t really my idea of summer rugby,” he said.

“I definitely needed a game, just to get out there and get used to the pace of playing again.

“It’s a long time since I played and I’ll be better for getting that 80 minutes in.

“Sheffield has always been just another game for me, I’m not sure how they feel about it.

“I’ve got some good memories and some good friends there and as long as we get the points and I come up with a reasonable performance I’ll be happy.”