TWO-TRY hero Greg Johnson is hoping he has done enough to put himself into Giants contention for Saturday’s final pre-season game at St Helens.
The 20-year-old winger struck twice as a young Huddersfield side secured a stunning 24-16 triumph against Wakefield’s strongest available Super League line-up at Belle Vue on Sunday.
Giants assistant coach Paul Anderson made it clear straight after the win that several members of last weekend’s triumphant squad would be called up for the Saints’ clash.
And even though Johnson has signed a dual registration with Batley Bulldogs for the 2011 Co-operative Championship season, he hopes he has shown he can handle facing Super League opposition and that he deserves another shot against St Helens at Widnes.
“I felt really comfortable playing against Super League opposition on Sunday and it’s been great for my confidence,” said Johnson, who was at top rugby union club Leeds Tykes before moving to the Giants two years ago.
“Scoring the two tries was a great feeling, although I know it was down to the team effort that it was possible.
“The experience of playing for my hometown club in a game like this was fantastic, but I’m still really looking forward to playing at Batley this season, because it’s going to be great in terms of my development.
“But I ultimately want to play in Super League with the Giants, and if I could get a bit of a run-out at St Helens next weekend I know it would do me a lot of good.
“At the same time, I’m fully aware it’s not going to be easy and I might have to be patient.
“We’ve got a lot of very good outside backs at the club, so the competition is going to be fierce.
“But I’m determined to push myself as hard as I can and hopefully get that Super League spot as soon as I can.”