BRETT FERRES feels he’s ‘in a good place’ after emerging unscathed from a successful England debut in the 30-10 Origin triumph over the Exiles.
The in-form 27-year-old Giants back-row forward played 48 minutes as his nation warmed up for this autumn's World Cup with an emphatic victory over the cream of the overseas stars playing in Super League.Related content
Although the Giants’ joint vice-captain was forced to play an unfamiliar role, coming off the bench as an impact player on the England right edge (he plays on the left for Huddersfield), he was happy with his contribution.
And he hopes it’s a taste of things to come.
“I really enjoyed it,” said Ferres, who made his 200th career appearance on the night.
“It was obviously my aim to come on and impress as quickly as I could, which was pretty difficult because of the unfamiliar role I was playing.
“But I think I went well, and (England coach) Steve McNamara seemed happy enough with what I did.
“I’d love to think I’ll get another crack later in the year, and also get the chance to play the same sort of role I am at the Giants, which I think is bringing the best out of me.
“That’s obviously down to Steve, but I am feeling really positive about the future right now. I feel I'm in a pretty good place.
“The whole experience of being in the England camp this week has given me a massive lift and putting on that England shirt is one of the best feelings in the world.
“My playing career couldn’t be going much better, and I’m already looking forward to pulling on a Giants shirt again at home to Leeds next Sunday.”
Before then, however, Ferres is having a few days off to recharge his batteries.
“Even though I’m excited about playing next weekend, I know the time is right to have a couple of days off,” he added.
“It’s been a really tough start to the year, and I’ve hardly had a break. I’ve played the full 80 minutes in virtually every game for us this season.
“I’m looking forward to coming back feeling refreshed, both mentally and physically, and ready to help us push on for the rest of the year.”