Mirfield Stags head coach Richard Silverwood says that mood in the camp remains extremely positive following their recent Yorkshire Cup Final triumph, as they prepare for the challenges that the second half of the season will pose.
The unbeaten Stags are in action for the for the first time in 2020 on Saturday, when they travel to face Illingworth in the quarter-final of the League Cup.
Silverwood said: “As we move into the second half of the season, the lads are all still buzzing after that fantastic day last Sunday week at Featherstone.
“It was a fantastic achievement for the club and everyone connected with the Stags.
“This week, we travel to face Illingworth and I know the lads are keen to add more silverware as part of our objective to win all four available trophies this season.”
But the Stags boss reports that last month’s success came at a cost.
“As a result of the final, we have lost Andy Berry, who was in great form for us, after he suffered torn ankle ligaments, which looks like season ending.
“Brad Delaney has a disciplinary hearing on Monday following his red card in the final, although our hopes are that he doesn’t get too big of a ban.
“And sadly, Connor Squires has chosen to return to Hunslet Club Parkside, which, in the pivotal position of full back and goal kicker, is a loss.”
But Silverwood has been able to bolster his options for the months ahead, with the addition of two new faces and the return of a former player.
He said: “I am delighted to say that we have added three players to our squad, including welcoming back Ben Mather, who played for me back in 2015 and 2016, and who is an outstanding front rower.
“Also joining the club is Scott Dyson, who is just the kind of half-back we need to help with the potential loss of Brad, but who will also add massively to competition in our halves.
“Scott is another outstanding individual.
“Lastly, full-back Jamie Kelly is joining us, after having previously played in a good competition in Australia for Cairns Brothers.
“Jamie lands next Thursday and I have heard, and seen on video, really good things from him, so it’s another excellent addition.”