AS soon as Stuart Fielden enters a room, it’s clear he possesses an incredible amount of presence.
Physically, that goes without saying. The fact he’s 6ft 3in, 16st 7lb sums it up.
But there’s far more to him than that.
His personality matches the strength of his on-field performances – there’s power, passion and enthusiasm.
There’s also a great deal of confidence, which is something you’d expect from someone who has achieved almost everything in the game.
During a glittering 14-year career, the 33-year prop has won World Club Challenges, Super League Grand Finals and Challenge Cup finals.
And when he scored two tries in a man-of-the-match performance for Bradford Bulls in their World Club Challenge triumph over Australian NRL champions West Tigers in February 2006 – at the John’s Smith’s Stadium – he was hailed as the world’s best prop forward.
That was to be his last piece of silverware in the colours of the Bulls, with Fielden making a shock move to Wigan to join his old Bradford coach Brian Noble for a record Super League transfer fee of £450,000.
His spell at the Warriors was to end in bitter disappointment as a major knee injury and ruptured pectoral muscle ruled him out for almost the two last two years.
Fielden did prove his fitness in the final four games of last season.
By then, however, Wigan coach Shane Wane had decided to let him go – and the Giants jumped at the chance to sign him, with Paul Anderson playing a leading role.
Having been teammates at Bradford Bulls, head coach Anderson knew just what Fielden could bring to his squad.
The duo had been part of Bradford’s famous ‘awesome foursome’, along with Brian McDermott and Joe Vagana, with Fielden often playing the leading role.
The Halifax-based front-rower will obviously be hoping to be a massive on-field influence in 2013, but he is confident he can make a massive impact off the field, too.
And judging by the way he has attacked pre-season training and been on hand to help the Giants rising stars around him, there’s no reason why that won’t be the case.
“Being here has really freshened me up and I’m loving what we’re doing.” said Fielden.
“Paul’s told me exactly what he wants from me and I definitely feel I can do what he wants.