BRETT FERRES is confident the Giants will build on Saturday’s stunning 40-4 opening-night Super League XVIII triumph over St Helens.
And having just been appointed joint vice-captain, the 26-year-old is determined to take a leading role in making that happen.
The former England back-row forward produced his strongest display in a Huddersfield shirt in the victory at Langtree Park.
It was the first time Ferres had teamed up with captain Danny Brough and fellow vice-captain Luke Robinson as part of the club’s new leadership team.
All three will again be expected to take the lead in Sunday’s opening home League game against London Broncos, although Ferres knows the key to victory will be another major collective effort.
“The manner of that win over Saints has given us all a massive amount of confidence,” said Ferres.
“We were confident going into the game, because we knew how well pre-season training had gone.
“But that performance just backed up what we already thought, and it was a tremendous feeling.
“Obviously, our challenge now is to build on what we did and make sure there’s a snowball effect rolling into the rest of the season.
“We’ve set a strong platform straight away, and now it’s up to us to build on it.
“That’s our main aim for the London game on Sunday, and we see no reason at all why that won’t be the case.
“The first home game of a season is always exciting, and it would be fantastic to put in a great performance in front of a big crowd.
“After what everyone saw at Saints the other night, there’s no reason why that won’t be the case.”
And Ferres is excited about having the chance to be at the heart of a second successive Super League XVIII success.
“I was really pleased with the way I played the other night,” he added.
“I’d got a huge lift ahead of the game when Baloo (coach Paul Anderson) told me he was making me vice-captain.
“I’d like to think that was a reward for all the hard work I’d put in throughout pre-season.
“This was obviously my first pre-season with the club (he was signed from Castleford Tigers last summer) and I feel I’ve benefited tremendously from that.
“The conditioning and medical staff have been absolutely first-class and done so much to get me in this shape.
“I just can’t wait to get out there on Sunday and help us back-up what we did at Saints.”