Huddersfield Giants head coach Paul Anderson has expressed his sympathy for the young Giants stars who missed out on an opportunity to impress against Halifax.
The pre-season game between the two teams was called off at the last minute after Calderdale Council expressed concerns.
It means a number of the young players that would have been involved in the match may miss out on any action ahead of the new season.
Despite Anderson left frustrated by the postponement, he doesn’t believe it will have a hinderance of their preparation.
“In terms of planning for the games against Hull KR and Catalans, this cancellation won’t affect those plans too much. There might just be the odd bit of tweaking here and there,” he told the Huddersfield Examiner.
“But I do feel for those young players who were looking forward to getting out there against Halifax to show us all exactly what they can do.
“I’m particularly disappointed for Oli Roberts, who at this moment looks destined never to get a game for us! He’s good enough, but that 12-month wait to make that debut goes on.
“And I also feel for (ex-Hull KR centre) Macaulay Hallett, who’s on trial with us and desperate to earn a contract. So he knew how important it was to play well in this Halifax fixture.
“The important thing now, though, is not to dwell on this disappointment.
“Everyone has to keep focusing on what’s ahead of us.”