GREG EDEN is taking his new-found stardom in his stride after helping Huddersfield Giants return to the top of Stobart Super League with their 22-12 win at champions Leeds Rhinos.
The 21-year-old full-back was hailed as the "British Billy Slater" by Giants coach Nathan Brown, who believes the former Castleford player can match the achievements of the Melbourne, Queensland and Australia full-back.
Slater is the undisputed world’s best full-back, although at this stage Eden is just happy to be playing in the first team rather than being compared to the great man.
"It’s really going well," said Eden. "When I first came, I didn’t expect to be playing at all, so every game’s stil a bonus for me.."
Eden made just two Super League appearances for Castleford, both on the wing, but was handed the full-back role by Brown at the start of the season and has proved to be revelation.
With his side clinging to a 12-6 lead, Eden provided the pivotal moments by scoring one try – his fourth in eight appearances – and creating another for Jermaine McGillvary as the Giants sealed the game.
With Warrington losing at home to St Helens, the Giants’ win took them back to the top of the table and Eden believes they are worthy of the position.
"We’ve got some decent wins behind us," he said. "All the outside backs are scoring some decent tries. We’re playing some good rugby."