LIAM FULTON is ready to make his Huddersfield Giants debut – and he can’t wait!
Huddersfield’s new Australian arrival will line-up in the claret and gold for the first time tonight against Super League strugglers Celtic Crusaders at the Galpharm Stadium (7.30).
With the Giants having made an excellent start to the season with five wins from seven top-flight starts to find themselves third in Super League, former Wests Tigers ace Fulton knows the pressure’s on to add even more to his new team.
But the 24-year-old back-row forward or half-back is relishing the challenge and keen to make a positive opening impact as possible.
“I am feeling really good and just getting to know the boys,” said Fulton.
“Really it’s now all about tonight, and I can’t wait to get out there and play!
“I did a lot of training with Wests Tigers before I left Australia so I feel good, there was no way I wanted to come over in bad shape.
“Now I’ve got here it feels like I have done the right thing and now it is all about putting in a nice performance in the first game.”
Huddersfield go into tonight’s contest as massive favourites to collect a sixth win of the campaign.
In contrast, their visitors from South Wales have lost all of their opening six matches following their promotion to Super League for the start of 2009.
But Fulton knows his new team can’t afford to take anything for granted.
“It seems the Crusaders have been unlucky on a couple of occasions and so far they have done a pretty good job,” he added.
“They’ve got some quality players and are beginning to get their combinations working.
“They will be ready to play and we can’t go into the game half-hearted because if we do they will roll us over.
“We’ve got to ensure we put in a good performance and hopefully the result will take care of itself.
“Obviously, I hope to play well, because I’ve missed playing and would like to feature again at Hull KR on Monday.
“To be honest, playing twice in the space of four days is something I wasn’t used to in the Australian NRL.
“I did play a lot of games like that when I was at school and you would play a game at the weekend and then back it up on a Wednesday or Thursday.
“But I must admit since then it is not something I have been particularly used to, it is something that is different but I came over here to experience something different.
“It really is a challenge that I am looking forward to.”
Although what position Fulton will play is being kept under wraps, it’s expected it will be in the back row rather than at half-back where in-form duo Luke Robinson and Kevin Brown again impressed in the Challenge Cup win at Harlequins last Saturday.
As well as a debut for Fulton, there could also be a return to action of Simon Finnigan and David Faiumu, who were both rested for the game in the capital.
Faiumu will come in for Shaun Lunt.