Jamie Ellis has arrived at the Huddersfield Giants and pledged to make the scrum-half spot his own.
The 24-year-old has today been confirmed as a Huddersfield player after moving from Castleford Tigers on a two-year contract.
The former Hull and Leigh playmaker, who began his career at hometown club St Helens, knows he won’t be able to take a starting spot for granted.
But after playing a key part in taking Castleford to within one game of claiming this season’s Super League Leaders’ Shield and reaching the Challenge Cup at Wembley (they were beaten by Leeds), the upbeat Ellis can’t wait to get cracking at his new club.
“I know I’m joining a big club and I’m facing a big challenge,” said Ellis. “But that’s what makes this move so exciting.
“Leaving Castleford was tough, particularly after such a fantastic season, but I know coming here was the right decision to make.
“Although I’m fully aware it’s not going to be easy making a starting spot my own, that’s my aim.
“I’m 24 now and believe this is the time I should be playing week in, week out.
“I’m ready to do whatever it takes to make that happen.
“Brett Ferres was a teammate of mine at Cas, and I’ve seen how good the move to Huddersfield has been for him.
“I see no reason at all why it can’t be the same for me.”
Ellis joined fellow former Tiger Craig Huby, whose signing was announced last month, for a medical at the John Smith’s Stadium yesterday.
And he admits he can’t wait to check in for the start of pre-season at the end of the month.
“I’m feeling in pretty good shape for this time of the year, and I think that’s added to my sense of excitement about starting here,” he added.
“I know I’ll benefit from a couple of weeks off, but I really can’t wait to get cracking.
“Like Cas, the Giants have had a disappointing finish to the season.
“But I know the coaching staff are already taking steps to make sure there’s no repeat next year.”