Chairman Dave Barnes says there is a real buzz around at Brighouse Rangers ARLFC and a genuine air of excitement.
“All I hear from the players is that training has been tough but really good and refreshing,” said Barnes.
“Come the start of the season, I think we are going to shock a lot of sides in Division One of the Pennine ARL.
“We certainly won’t be lacking in any fitness as our new head coach Gary Barnett and his assistant Craig Young have instilled some strong discipline this pre-season.
“Dane Bairstow, returning after a three year absence, said everything about the place is buzzing and professional and I can’t wait to get going. Dane is a great addition to the squad and, as most people know from last time, his kicking game is fantastic.
“A returning and fully fit Wayne Jowett and Mathew Dawson is like having two new players, as we all know we were quite lacking in size in the pack last season and they will make a massive difference.
“Another new signing is Gavin Pettifour. Not only is he another good addition to the pack but he brings a lively personality and will certainly lift people around him.
“Another returning prop is Andrew Walters, who is now fully fit and raring to go, along with ex-Halifax hooker Stuart Proctor who has signed on and has been sponsored by G.W. Lord a local plasterer and property repairer.”
“Things are going extremely well on the training field, but it’s what happens out on the pitch and results are what I’m looking for,” said Barnett.
“I’ve been really impressed with the numbers turning up week in week out.
“All I know is that if we turn up to games with the attitude we are giving at the moment then we will be a match for anyone in this division.
“We have set some friendlies up, which I believe will give us a good test and show me where we are on the playing level. First up is Division Three side Silsden who entertain us on Saturday week, August 17.”
Barnes also thanked a number of local businesses that have come forward to sponsor Rangers this season.
Ranging from Supaspuds, who have sponsored their warm up T-shirts, to R M Briscoe of www.stoves.installers.com who have sponsored club captain Scott Bradley, along with Artificial Stone Products who have sponsored Wayne Jowett.
“I’d like to say a big thanks to our shirt sponsors and continued support from the Globe Inn, Rastrick and the Dusty Miller at Hove Edge,” he said.
“We wouldn’t be able to produce year in year out without the support of our local businesses and support, so again thanks to you all from everybody down at Rangers.
“Last Friday was the first of the Brian Hinchliffe Memorial golf tournaments, which was attended by over 20 competitors and raising money for the Macmillan cancer charity.
“Brian must be looking down and be humble of how many things people are doing in his memory, but he was a true gentleman and his family fully deserve the recognition he is getting.
“This year’s tournament winners were Craig Young, Alex Muff, Chris Rothwell and Ashley Welles.
“Brian’s brother Melvyn said ‘a big well done to you guys and a big thank you for everyone involved’. This is going to to be a annual event, so next year it will be bigger.”
The main sponsor for Rangers new shirt is A One Tools and Fixing Limited.
The club pay tribute on the front of the shirt to their long serving kit man and worker on other fronts, Hinchliffe who passed away in June.
They have had his name and 1937-2013 printed on the chest part of the shirt.
The sleeve sponsors are the Globe Inn, Rastrick and fellow sponros are Seaman & Davidson, Halifax and Rayners Hair Creation.