CONFIDENT Jacob Fairbank is hoping to get another Giants’ Super League call sooner rather than later.
The 22-year-old back-row forward played his first game in six months following shoulder surgery in Huddersfield’s 36-12 home pre-season triumph against Widnes six days ago.
But after being restricted to a 20-minute spell, he backed that up with a rock-solid 40 minutes for sister club Batley in the Bulldogs’ 18-18 trial draw against Halifax at Mount Pleasant on Thursday.
And with Giants chief Paul Anderson watching on from the stands on the night, Fairbank is hoping it’s not long before he’s building on the seven Super League appearances he made in his 2012 debut year.
“The aim of the pre-season games for me was to test out my shoulder after the surgery,” said Fairbank.
“Thankfully, it felt really good and stronger than ever before, which is great.
“Obviously, that’s done my confidence a power of good and I’m looking forward to building on the last two games as quickly as possible. Now I know my shoulder’s fine, it’s a case of working on my lungs, which I felt I was starting to do pretty well at Batley the other night.
“To be honest, I thought I was running around like a headless chicken because I’d only had one training sessions with the Batley boys.
“But I got through my work and, overall, made a positive contribution.
“That’s given my something positive to build on, and I’d like to think I could get back in with a Super League shout pretty quickly.”