MATTY DAWSON is hoping he’s just made the first of many Super League appearances.
But he’s also praying his second Giants’ first-team run-out has a far happier ending!
The assured performance of the 21-year-old was arguably the only highlight to emerge in the wake of Huddersfield’s 54-6 hammering at the hands of Warrington Wolves at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
Former Castleford Academy winger Dawson admits the heavy defeat took the gloss off making his top-flight bow.
But it’s still whetted his appetite to make more Super League appearances.
“The boys were obviously gutted after the way it went, and I was also far from happy with the final result,” said Dawson, who only found out at 8am on the morning of the game that he would be playing after Luke George had to pull out through illness.
“Having said that, I still really enjoyed it out there. I don’t think I let anyone down and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of playing at this level.
“The standard is obviously a lot higher than anything I’ve experienced before and to play in front of such a big crowd is an amazing feeling.
“After getting a first taste of Super League, it’s just made me hungrier for more.
“My one big wish is that next time I get the chance to play the end result is totally different.
“To be in a winning Giants’ Super League side would top everything.”
Dawson’s taste of Super League action in the penultimate game of the regular season helps make up for some of the pain he felt earlier in the year when he suffered a major knee injury which kept him on the sidelines for six months.
“It has been a pretty tough time, but it was all worth it for this experience,” he added.
“When I’ve been on my own doing my rehab, I’ve always kept hold of the dream that if I keep working hard I will finally get my chance in Super League.
“And I’ve now done it.
“I just hope I don’t have to wait long to play again.”
Warrington coach Tony Smith, meanwhile, was delighted with the way his players performed after celebrating their Challenge Cup final triumph at Wembley the week before.
“We were very scrappy with the ball in the first half, but the team didn’t do a lot of training early in the week,” he said.
“The skill level wasn’t on the money but the attitude was fantastic and our defence was awesome.
“There was only one slip-up and, effort-wise, I could see how hard we were making it for our opponents.
“We completed less than half our sets in the first half but picked up our skills in the second half and I was not surprised about the scoreline once we took control.
“I was delighted with the way things worked out in the end.”