Five things to watch out for in the Championship this weekend

Grix returns

It has been 21 months since Simon Grix last laced up his boots and played a game.

But on Saturday he will make his much-anticipated return for Halifax when they take on Whitehaven in what is their latest challenge in their attempts to make the top four.

Grix hasn’t played since a horrendous double leg fracture, and you can bet he’ll be keen to make up for lost time.

Oldham eye the double over Dewsbury

And it would be a mightily important victory if they could do.

Oldham are two adrift of their relegation-threatened counterparts, albeit with a game in hand against Bradford on Wednesday.

Dewsbury are four points clear of Oldham following their fantastic victory over the Bulls last time out, but they will be dragged back into a relegation battle if they succumb to Scott Naylor’s side.

Victory, however, will see Dewsbury steer clear of the bottom half.

How will Leigh cope without Micky Higham?

There’s no doubting that Neil Jukes’ squad is crammed with talent, but perhaps the most influential is captain Micky Higham.

The hooker has been handed a three-game suspension and will miss Sunday’s game with top-four chasing Featherstone.

Gareth Hock and Jamie Acton will also be suspended, but it is Higham that will be the toughest to replace.

Broncos look put pressure on the Centurions

With their top four-place all but secured, the Broncos may well have one eye on catching Leigh and making top spot.

To do so they are likely in need of an unbeaten end to the regular season, which starts with a tricky game at Swinton.

The Lions are looking to break away from the bottom teams in the table, and they have proved that they can be a threat to the Broncos.

Can the Bulls bounce back?

It’s simply unthinkable that Bradford could miss out on the top four.

However, their defeat to Dewsbury last week has made that a very scary reality, with Rohan Smith’s side now sixth in the Championship.

They do have a game in hand, but before that they face a tough trip to Cumbria, where they will be welcomed by Jarrod Sammut’s Workington.

Bradford have a huge week ahead of them, and a defeat would make the top four a very big ask.