Ryan Boyle is determined to make his mark when he makes his Halifax debut against Featherstone on Sunday.
The 28-year-old forward made his move to Fax on a season-long loan from Castleford after he opted to seek regular first team action.
And he will be thrown straight in at the deep end, making his debut in blue and white against Halifax’s top four rivals Featherstone, who are currently two points ahead of Fax in the Championship table.
Speaking to TotalRL, Boyle said the opportunity to join Richard Marshall’s side was ‘perfect’ for all involved.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Boyle said.
“The Championship is a great standard and it’s a chance to play a number of games consistently which I’ve not done yet this year. I’m 28-years-old now and I need to be playing more regularly and on a more consistent basis. Halifax are just outside the top four at the moment and I want to help the club have a big push for the top four in the second half of the year.
“I know a few people at Fax, especially Simon Grix who has a bit of pull at the club. They were looking for a forward and Halifax is a great club to be at, so it works both ways. It’s a perfect move really.”
Boyle, who last frequently appeared in the Championship as part of the Castleford side that earned promotion in 2007, is expecting a hostile reception from his Featherstone counterparts on Sunday.
“Coming to the Championship, you expect to be targeted,” Boyle said.
“It’s all part of the fun. Some are going to come after me and I’m looking to lay down a marker in my first game for Halifax.
“We’re playing Fev and they’re running into a bit of form. It’s going to be a good test for us, but we also had a good win over Oldham so it should be a good game.
“I want to play in all the big games, and regarding the Championship, we’re out of the four, Fev are in the four and we want to be in the four, so as far as we’re concerned it’s a must win game for us to push on and get in that four. We need to find a bit of form now.”
With Boyle out of contract at the end of 2016, he hasn’t ruled out making the move to Halifax a permanent one.
“I’m contracted at Cas until the end of the year, and I’m not quite sure what’s going to happen there. At the end of the season it is something we can look into.”