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Huddersfield Giants trialist Jamie Foster can't wait to get started

St Helens-born back will get cracking against old enemy Wigan

Trialist winger Jamie Foster can’t wait to make his Huddersfield Giants Super League XXI debut in tomorrow’s home clash against Wigan Warriors.

The 25-year-old former St Helens and Bradford Bulls goalkicking back is ready to take his place on the wing in front of the Sky TV cameras at the John Smith’s Stadium.

It will be the St Helens-born star’s first game of rugby league for over 12 months following a spell in rugby union last season.

And having been handed a lifeline with Huddersfield to get back into the 13-a-side code, he’s determined to take full advantage.

“After spending last year playing rugby union, I can’t wait to get back playing league again,” said Foster.

“The plan last year was for me to spend six months playing union at Doncaster Knights before moving down to London Irish.

“But within a couple of months I was wondering what on earth I was doing here and not still playing the game I’d been playing since I was six years old.

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“I quickly realised this was a money-move and nothing else. I knew I needed to be back playing rugby league.

“I’ve had to wait a while to get the right call to try and get back into the game, but I’ve got that now with the Giants.

“This is a massive chance for me to re-establish my Super League career, and I fully intend to make the most of it.

“The coaching staff have seen what I can do in the past – when I was the Young Player of the Year and setting points-scoring records in Super League – and it’s up to me to prove to them that I’ve still got it.

“Although I’ve not be playing for a number of months, I’ve still been keeping myself as fit as I possibly can, and I’ve definitely got the hunger to make the most of this move.”

Jamie Foster

And the fact Foster will make his return against Wigan adds to the occasion for him.

“As a St Helens lad, games against Wigan are always pretty special,” he added.

“And they’re even more special when they’re in front of the TV cameras, which will be the case tomorrow night.

“I’m sure I’ll get some stick off the Wigan fans because of my background, but that’s nothing I can’t handle. In fact, that’s something I’ve missed.

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“To be honest, everything about tomorrow night really excites me.

“I’m about to remember exactly what I’ve missed for well over a year.”

Foster may not be the only players making his Giants debut against the Warriors.

With a whole host of senior players out injured, Huddersfield head coach is forced to call on the services of a number of the club’s rising stars.

They include 18-year-olds Sam Wood and Darnell McIntosh, who both impressed in the two trial triumphs over Hull KR and Catalans Dragons.


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