AMBITIOUS Josh Griffin wants to finish 2011 as a recognised Super League centre.
The 20-year-old makes his first Giants appearance of the year in tomorrow’s pre-season clash against Batley Bulldogs (2.00).
Griffin (right) spent the whole of last season on loan at Mount Pleasant in the Co-operative Championship and enhanced his growing reputation during that time.
But now he is back at Huddersfield for the final year of his current Galpharm contract and is desperate to prove his long-term future lies at the Giants.
“I loved it at Batley and it’s going to seem a bit strange going back there with Huddersfield tomorrow. I know I’m going to be up against some good mates,” said the younger brother of Giants and England prop Darrell.
“But this game is all about trying to create a good impression on our coaching staff and showing them how much I’ve improved as a player during my time at Batley last year.
“Pre-season has gone really well and I feel a lot stronger and fitter than ever before. I’ve also spent all my time training at left centre, which is where I ultimately see my future.
“I know that I’m initially having to make way for Gilly (Lee Gilmour), but I hope it’s not going to be too long before I get a crack back in Super League.
“Although Gilly knows I’m after his spot, he’s been giving me loads of advice, and Jammer (Jamahl Lolesi) is also proving a massive help.
“They’ve both played at centre at Test level and their input has been immense.
“I just hope that everyone can see this with my performance and I can keep on developing from there. Because this is the final year of my contract, this is a massive season for me. I’d love to stay here, and I know how important it is for me to make the breakthrough.
“I’ve seen the way Leroy (Cudjoe) has come on as a centre over the past couple of years – he’s now an England international, of course – and I’d love to think I can follow his example.”