FIT-AGAIN David Faiumu has admitted his days of being a Huddersfield Giants hooker are well and truly over.
The ex-North Queensland Cowboy arrived at the Galpharm towards the end of the 2008 campaign as a first-choice No9.
But over the past few years, the former New Zealand Test ace has been spending more of his time in the back row.
And with Luke Robinson, Tommy Lee and Shaun Lunt now sharing the hooker role, Faiumu is resigned to the fact playing in the middle of the front row is now in the past.
“I suppose if the club’s fifth hooker gets injured, they may ask me!” said Faiumu, who has featured in the last four games after undergoing winter shoulder surgery.
“I’d gladly do it, but I am more than happy playing the role I’ve got right now. In fact, I love it.
“Coming off the bench seems to be working for me, and for the team.
“When I come on I mainly rove around the middle third of the park, although I sometimes play on the edge.
“It obviously depends on the circumstances, but as long as it’s helping the team I’m prepared to pop up anywhere!
“And I’d like to think I’m playing a more effective role now I’m getting some games under my belt.
“When you’ve had major surgery, you always wonder how you’re going to be when you get back out onto the field.
“Up to now it’s been a case of so far, so good, and my confidence is growing with more games I get under my belt.
“So I’m hoping to be able to give the side even more against Cas tomorrow night, which I expect to be a pretty tough game.
“In the time I’ve been here we’ve had some good battles against them. I don’t think we’ve ever managed to steamroller them.”