BRETT FERRES is determined to fulfil one of his pre-season targets tomorrow and use that as the platform for a dream finish to 2013.
The 27-year-old is in line to play for England against the Exiles in the one-off Origin clash at Warrington’s Hailliwell Jones Stadium.
The in-form back-row forward is in national coach Steve McNamara’s 19-man squad for the test and is desperate to avoid missing out on the final 17.
But having earned a place in the England squad despite losing his place in McNamara’s Elite Training Squad two years ago, Ferres knows anything is possible.
And a run-out against the Exiles would keep the former Castleford man on course to cross off one of his major goals for the year.
“We all set ourselves targets at the start of the season, and so far everything is going exactly how I would have wished,” revealed Ferres, who is in an England squad which also includes Giants teammates Eorl Crabtree and centre Leroy Cudjoe .
“The team goal is obviously to win silverware and, at the moment, we’re second in Super League and in the quarter-final of the Challenge Cup. So that’s going well.
“Individually, I wanted to play consistently this year and cap it off by earning a place in England’s World Cup squad.
“Overall, I’ve been happy with my form and I’m still on course to play in the World Cup, which should be everyone’s dream.
“That means this week is really important for me. The first step was to get in the squad, now I have to try to get in the 17.
“Two are going to miss out and hopefully I won’t be among them.
“I’ve made a bit of a sacrifice by having to cancel a family holiday to join the England squad, so I’m desperate not to miss out tomorrow.”