Nick Briggs has returned to Underbank and is ready to make his season’s debut at in-form Crosfields tomorrow.
The Australian loose-forward, who had a highly-successful spell at The Cross a couple of years ago, jetted back into England on Tuesday and goes straight into the squad for what’s expected to be a challenging National Conference League Third Division assignment.
Warrington-based Crosfields are third in the table, with four wins and a draw from their opening five fixtures, and are expected to be one of Rangers’ rivals for the title.
But head coach Richard Knight is hoping that with the return of Briggs and fit-again hooker Andy Boothroyd (he has ben sidelined with a back strain) and having last weekend off after scheduled opponents Wigan St Cuthberts pulled out of the fixture at the last minutes, Bank will be ready to inflict a first defeat of the campaign on their hosts.
“Initially, we felt really frustrated when St Cuthberts called the game off,” said Knight.
“After losing the week before at Blackbrook we were desperate to get back out on the field and get back to winning ways. And with the way the boys had been training we felt confident that’s what we’d do.
“But in hindsight, having no game could have done us a power of good.
“We’ve still got quite a few players sidelined through injury and a number of others carrying knocks, so the week off has helped in that respect.
“All being well, we’ll be a lot fresher for tomorrow and should be able to pose more of a threat.
“I’m still planning to be involved after missing out on the chance to play my first game in 18 months last week.
“But the bigger boost is having Andy fit again and Nick back with us and ready to play.
“Andy is a really inspirational player for us, and when he’s not there we really miss him, while Nick was outstanding during his first stint with us and looks ready to carry on from where he left off.”
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