NEW signing Dale Ferguson is hoping his debut try against Bradford Bulls is the first of many for the Giants.
The 22-year-old back-row forward moved to the Galpharm from Wakefield Trinity Wildcats on a three-year contract a month ago.
He made a rock-solid debut in the win at Harlequins 10 days ago and then made an even bigger impression in the 50-16 home triumph over Bradford Bulls.
He crowned his performance with a well-taken second-half score, and is determined to build on that in the weeks and months ahead.
“To score the try was a great feeling, especially when all the lads told me straight away that’s got me off the nudy run,” said Ferguson, who would have been forced to perform the forfeit if he hadn’t scored a try this season.
“But it obviously means a lot more to me than just that.
“I still feel I’m learning to play in this team, and the try was a real bonus.
“I’ve settled in pretty well here, and the boys have made me feel very much at home. I played with Scott Grix at Wakefield, and he’s helped me from day one to fit in.
“But there’s nothing to beat playing alongside the boys to get to know them, and now I’ve had my chance I’ve got to make the most of it.
“I thought I got a good 30 minutes under my belt at Quins last week and I felt I started to build on that platform against Bradford.
“But I know I’ve only just got my foot in the door and I’ve got to keep building on my performances if I’m going to stay in the first team for longer.”
Ferguson arrived from Wakefield when the club’s future was very much up in the air.
Although Trinity now have a new owner and appear to have more financial stability, they remain rooted to the foot of the table.
And the club’s current plight couldn’t be in starker contrast to what Ferguson is now starting to experience at the Giants, who are now back at the top of the table.
“It’s amazing how things have turned out,” he added.
“What’s happening at Wakefield is really sad, and I don’t like seeing it at all.
“But I’ve got to look forward, and for me that now means looking to keep my place in the team that’s at the top of the table for Friday’s game against Wigan at the Galpharm.
“Being part of yesterday’s side does wonders for your confidence, and I’m delighted to have got my home debut under my belt. Everyone knows how much I loved my time at Wakefield, but coming here has been a big change.
“The crowds are great and make so much noise, the stadium is great and everything about the club is so positive.
“I know the atmosphere against Wigan on Friday night will be fantastic, and I’d love to be a part of the team that faces them.
“Hopefully, my performance against Bradford was good enough to make sure that happens, and that I can quickly add to the tries as well.”