LUKE ROBINSON would be delighted to be labelled the ‘new Brad Drew’.
After spending the past three seasons as a hooker, Giants vice-captain Robinson is ready to return to his more familiar half-back role.
The 28-year-old will start Super League XVIII at scrum half and partner stand-off Danny Brough in a move that excites the former England No9.
Robinson admits he’d be more than happy to have a spell at hooker when required, although he’s now behind Shaun Lunt and David Faiumu for that particular role.
But having seen former Giants teammate Drew make a massive Super League success of switching between the two key positions, Robinson is now determined to follow suit.
“I saw how successful Drewy was at switching between the roles, and I’d like to think I could do something similar,” said Robinson, who began his professional career at Wigan and Salford in the scrum-half role.
“I do see a lot of similarities in the way we play, and if I could be as successful as he was I’d be absolutely delighted.
“Drewy enjoyed both roles, and I feel exactly the same.
“There are obviously differences between playing hooker and half-back, but they are both key to the success of a side, and as long as I’m involved I’m happy.
“Because we’ve got two world-class hookers already in Lunty and Fuey I know I’m going to spend much of my time in the halves, which is clearly no great hardship.
“But Baloo (head coach Paul Anderson) knows I’d be only too happy to play at nine if he feels it would benefit the team. At the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about.”
Robinson has, however, been spending all of pre-season training at half-back alongside Brough – and he’s delighted with the way things have been going.
“Me and Broughy get on really well, so training together has been great,” he added. “But training so closely over the past few months has made the bond between us even stronger.
“We’ve developed an even closer understanding – which is something that can only be achieved through hard work – and we thoroughly enjoy working together.
“We’re feeling pretty excited about how the partnership will work when we get out there on the competitive field, so we can’t wait for the first test at Saints on Friday.
“It may only be a pre-season fixture, but it can’t come soon enough.
“Although we’ve all enjoyed the training we’ve been doing, it does start to grate on you after a couple of months, particularly when the work’s so hard. So it’ll be a great feeling to get out there at the end of the week.”