DALE FERGUSON knows he has to maintain the form of his life to keep hold of a regular Huddersfield Giants spot.
The 24-year-old England Knights forward heads into Sunday’s home Challenge Cup quarter-final clash against London Broncos (5pm) after a man-of-the-match performance in the last round against Swinton Lions and with another strong showing at Catalan Dragons.
That individual display in the 27-20 top-of-the-table Super League defeat earned Ferguson praise from head coach Nathan Brown.
And the former Wakefield man is hoping that means he’s an automatic choice to face the Broncos as the Giants look to secure a victory that would take them to within 80 minutes of a second Wembley final in four years.
“I’d love to help us get into the semi-finals,” said Ferguson, who missed the start of the season after undergoing shoulder surgery and then picked up a knee injury, which sidelined him for six weeks.
“But first of all, I’d just love to get picked!
“Hopefully, my form’s been good enough to keep hold of a spot, and I have been happy with what I’ve done since I’ve come back.
“I know that’s vitally important, because of the depth we’ve got in the squad. Just one hiccup and you’re back on the sidelines – and that’s the way it should be.
“One of the reasons for our success this season is knowing you need to play well all the time or you lose your spot, so it’s important I play well again this weekend.
“And with a Challenge Cup semi-final at stake, I’m sure everyone will be busting a gut to get us closer to Wembley.”
Ferguson knows he faces a tough task to retain his place, with experienced duo David Fa’alogo and Lee Gilmour back in the frame.
“I’ve been training in a few positions and desperate to get recognised,” he said.