PETER ASPINALL doesn’t know when he’ll make his second Super League experience.
But the 18-year-old back-rower knows he’ll be far better prepared when it does comes around.
The former Huddersfield YMCA rugby union fly-half and England Academy international had his first taste of Super League life during Friday’s shock 21-20 defeat at Salford City Reds.
Aspinall showed a great deal of promise in the opening 30 minutes he was on the field, and is already looking forward to making senior appearance No2.
“It’s hard to get too carried away when I was part of the side that’s just suffered such a bad defeat,” said Aspinall.
“We just didn’t do ourselves justice and we got exactly what we deserved.
“But I did enjoy the experience of being out there and seeing exactly what it’s like playing at this level. Making my Super League debut is something I’ll never forget.
“The biggest difference between Super League and last season’s Under 20s is the pace of the game, there’s just no comparison at all.
“As a result, I did find it tough trying to adjust at first. After that, I felt pretty comfortable, and I enjoyed it. I’m sure it’ll stand me in good stead.
“The boys were fantastic with me in the build-up to the game and gave me an incredible amount of advice and support. But I still didn’t know what to expect, which meant I was really nervous on the day of the game.
“Fortunately, that’s something that’s behind me now, and I know that next time I get the call, I’ll be better equipped to deal with it. I’ll be able to make more of a contribution.”
Friday’s Super League debut caps a dream 12 months for the highly-talented teenager, who last season also toured Australia with the England Academy.
And as someone who only took up rugby league three years ago, he admits it’s a meteoric rise.
“I sometimes can’t believe it,” he added.
“I’ve achieved an unbelievable amount over the past 12 months, and I’d love to think there’s plenty more still to come.
“The key for me now is to build on Friday, keep working hard in training and show the coaching staff I deserve another crack in Super League sooner rather than later. That’s my aim now.”