Fit-again Tom Symonds wants to make up for lost time at the start of his Giants career.
The Australian back-row forward returned to action following a calf injury to cross for two tries in his side’s 58-28 Middle 8s triumph at Batley Bulldogs.
It was his first game for a month and he admits that the calf was feeling tight after spending the second half defending up the infamous Mount Pleasant slope!
But having now got back into competitive action after being named the Giants Player of the Month for June after just two appearances in the claret and gold following him move from Australian NRL club Manly, the 23-year-old is relishing the chance to play a full part in helping Huddersfield maintain their Super League status for 2017.
“It feels good to be back out there,” said Symonds.
“The last month has been really frustrating. I didn’t think the injury was going to keep me out for quite so long.
“So to be back now gives me a chance to do what I can at such an important time for the club.
“We know how big these games are, and I’m looking forward to being a part of them.
“Although it was a bit of whirlwind when I first arrived at the Giants, I felt I started pretty well in the first couple of games.
“I just hope I can get back to that form as soon as possible.”
But even though he was pleased to return to a Giants side that had just secured a 30-point triumph over their Championship hosts, he knows there’s still huge room for improvement, especially with trips to Leigh and Hull KR on the Giants upcoming agenda.
“Obviously, that second-half performance took a lot of the gloss off what we did early on,” added Symonds.
“I think, mentally, we possibly switched off a bit after the break, because we’d built up such a big early lead. Batley clearly know exactly how to play that slope.
“But that’s no real excuse for what happened in that second half, we can’t afford to make any mistakes like that again.”