UNDERBANK Rangers will hand a debut to vastly-experienced half-back Anthony Murray for tomorrow’s long trip to Conference National leaders Celtic Colts.
Murray made a name for himself in the professional ranks at Widnes Vikings and this season has seen service with Rochdale Reserves.
But with a lack of half-back cover, Rangers have moved in to bring Murray on board.
His arrival will enable influential Darren Hawkyard to move back into his more effective loose-forward role.
And Bank joint coach Richard Knight believes that could be crucial.
“Daz has done a fantastic job in the halves, but he’s obviously at his most effective when he’s in the back row,” said Knight.
“So, to be able to move him back into the pack by bringing in someone as experienced as Anthony is fantastic all round.
“Making your debut against the League leaders isn’t going to be easy, but Anthony has the experience and the skill to slot straight into the side and make a telling contribution.
“And he could make all the difference in the world.
“Although we’ve been beaten in our last two games – at Warrington and Bramley – we’ve put ourselves in a position to go on and win the game. With someone like Anthony around, he could be just the sort of players who could give us that extra edge.”
Unfortunately, Rangers have a couple of injury problems.
Chris Beal – the replacement at hooker for John Birt (broken hand) – has a hamstring injury, prop Ross White has a damaged shoulder and Sam Dalby has picked up an ankle knock.